Top 892 results for “anxiety”
The Surprising Connection Between Sitting and Anxiety
Understanding the link between sedentary behavior and anxiety can help us come up with strategies for lifestyle changes.
“I Just Want a Happy Life Without This Constant Anxiety”
Many of us live with persistent anxiety. If our doctor recommends stepping away from medicine, what are some ways to cope without medicine?
Help Your Mind Avoid Distractions
Our ability to stay with one topic is constantly in jeopardy, sometimes due to factors that we can control and sometimes to those we cannot.
A Little Meditation Goes a Long WayYou don’t need to be an expert in mindfulness meditation to experience its amazing stress-relieving benefits. In fact, in a new study, participants who meditated for just 25 minute…
A Spell to Stop Worrying
Spells are only as powerful as the intentions and emotions they raise inside you.
Spirituality and Anxiety
Anxious? Approaching the problem with self-compassion and mindfulness may help. Discover more about spirituality and anxiety.
CBD for Anxiety
How can CBD help you with anxiety, and is it safe?
Book Review: Anxiety
The Missing Stage of Grief
When Anxiety Spirals and Mindfulness Isn’t Enough
The world doesn’t stop being confusing and cruel just because we decide to think positively. When anxiety has you gripping the sheets, ask yourself these questions to redirect.
Giving Voice to Anxiety and Acceptance
Having a hard time meditating because of anxious thoughts? Try saying your worries out loud.
Mastering Creative Anxiety24 Lessons for Writers, Painters, Musicians and Actors from America's Foremost Creativity Coach By Eric Maisel “Anxiety is part of the human condition,” says Eric Maisel. And it’…
7 Essential Oils for Anxiety
Calming essential oils for anxiety can soothe racing thoughts, overall stress, tight muscles, and panic attacks.
6 Habits to Help Navigate Anxiety
“While we can’t eliminate our anxiety, we can navigate it. We can diminish its power—and live fulfilling lives anyway.”
Hypnotherapy for Pandemic Anxiety Relief
Anxious? Have you tried hypnotism? Hypnotherapist David R. Wright uses hypnotherapy for anxiety relief by tapping into the subconscious and diminishing anxious triggers.
Embracing All Emotions: An Empath Pioneer Shows You How
We talk to Karla McLaren about what we can learn from our anger, how to approach anxiety, why positive emotions aren't always positive, and more.
Easing Anxiety with Kava
New research indicates this South Pacific root—an ancient tonic for relaxation—can help calm frayed nerves.
The Fear & Anxiety SolutionBy Friedemann SchaubIf the anxious mind is a spiraling whirlpool of what-ifs and self-doubt, then The Fear & Anxiety Solution is an anchor that helps keep the spirit moored. Au…
My Two-Word Response to Daily Anxiety
Do you have daily anxiety? Welcome to being human. “... It would be great, because anxiety is a part of every day, if laughter could be too.”
6 Ways to Deal With Nighttime Anxiety
Vanquish middle-of-the-night stress with these six tips for better sleep.
Doug Berger: Tokyo Psychiatrist on Soothing Anxiety
Sponsored Content by Stephen Sullivan
A Surprising Perk of Anxiety
Reasonable levels of anxiety boost the memory, a new study shows.
The Power of Being with Anxiety
A path to keep anxiety from controlling your life.
The Sweet Smell of De-Stress: How to Use Lavender for Anxiety
In scents, oils, and creams it’s a resounding “yes!” for lavender as a safe and effective anxiety reliever. Interest in its benefits as an oral supplement is also growing fast.
Book Review: The Wisdom of Anxiety
"Though commonly labeled a disorder, anxiety, for Paul, is simply evidence of the imagination and an invitation to wholeness. She shares tools and mindsets that allow us to approach anxiety with curiosity instead of shame, so that we may decode its messages, wherever they surface."
How Your Brain Processes Anxiety
For every outward symptom you can see from anxiety, there are even more complex processes happening inside your brain.
The Anxiety of Intuition
Is intuition a useful tool or will it lead you astray? Julie Peters weighs the answers.
9 Ways to Reduce Anxiety Right Here, Right Now
There are many tools and techniques you can use to manage and eliminate anxiety and worry effectively. Here, experts share healthy ways to cope with and reduce anxiety right here, right now in this moment.
Video: A Daily Yoga Practice for Detoxing Anxiety
In this video, Sherianna Boyle, author of Emotional Detox for Anxiety, shows us how to dedicate the energy of a simple, daily yoga practice to the detoxing of anxiety and all the reactivity surrounding it.
Three Tools for Managing Social AnxietyWhen you are feeling stressed and anxious, what’s your strategy? If you’re like many of us, you head home to hide under your covers. What if I told you the cure was at the cocktail…
Leave Anxiety on the Plate
Uma Naidoo, author of This Is Your Brain on Food, explores how the foods we eat may be driving up our anxiety.
5 New Ways to Fight Anxiety
Five novel ways to tamp down daily anxiety.
Boost Your Optimism for Less Anxiety
A new study links optimism and less anxiety with an area in the brain called the Orbitofrontal cortex.
Natural Approaches for Alleviating Anxiety and PanicI’m familiar with debilitating anxiety—intimately so. Three years ago, I was pummeled with my first panic attack out of the clear blue sky and it was a terrifying experience. But …
Can Probiotics Ease Your Anxiety?If you’re stressed out, and feel like you’re in a pickle, well… good. Because consuming fermented foods like pickles, yogurt, and kombucha may make you feel less anxious.A new stud…
Communicate to Reduce Stress, Anxiety, and Insomnia
The language we use when we speak to ourselves makes a profound difference in how we feel. These tools can help ease you to a calmer state.
Can Healing Schools Heal Depression and Anxiety?
The search for a school to ease my mind
Dealing with COVID-19: 5 Ways to Control Coronavirus Anxiety
Is coronavirus news ramping up your anxiety? Does the thought of social distancing make you fret? Try these five strategies to help you cope.
Meditation Medication Part 1: Grounding for Anxiety or Overwhelm
The first in three-part meditation series inspired by Ayurveda.
Schedule Your Worry Time: Simple Postponement Steps to Reduce Anxiety
Studies show that picking a time and a place to fret reduces anxiety. Try this postponement exercise to manage your worry time.
Four Keys to Unlock the Wisdom of Anxiety
I wouldn’t have expected the ER doctor to say, “Welcome, you’ve just entered your dark night of the soul.” But if he had sent me on my way with information about what was happening, it would have been easier for me to arrive at the why.
Switching Sounds: The Benefits of White Noise for Anxiety and Sleep
The sound energy of white noise is the same across the entire spectrum. Learn how this handy shock-absorber can relieve anxiety and improve sleep.
Science & Spirit: Matcha for Anxiety, Cultured Meats, and Soy Is Redeemed
This week, the focus is the latest news in nutrition. Discover how matcha tea helps with anxiety; why “clean meat” is a label you’re likely to soon see; and how soy has gotten a thumbs-up for heart health claims. Want the details? Here we go!
What Does Stephen Colbert's Lifelong Anxiety Say about Our Self-Esteem?
Anxiety is a crisis of confidence.
Freeing Yourself of Anxiety Feet First
“How can you help yourself feel a sense of calm, reassurance, and peace? The answer is at your feet. Literally.”
7 Tools to Ease Anxiety at Family Gatherings
These tools will help you keep your cool through the chaos of the holidays.
3 Sense Practices to Calm AnxietyOur senses offer an immediate doorway to the present moment, and there are potent added benefits to these three sensory experiences. Try one the next time your stress and anxiety m…
How Listening to Your Gut Can Curb Anxiety: An Eater’s Guide
Creating balance in your gut can help to alleviate your anxiety.
10 Cognitive Distortions That Contribute to Anxiety and Depression
The 10 most common cognitive distortions, how they work, and why they are misleading.
Rewiring Your Relationship with Tension and Anxiety
Here are ways to embrace, rather than avoid stress.
“My Worst Panic Attack Ever Came Out of the Blue!”
The body has its own way of processing emotions. “The rush of symptoms people experience in a panic attack is a tsunami of fear being released in the body. The question is: What’s deep below the surface that keeps building up fear that needs to be released?”
Science & Spirit: Brain fog, deep sleep for anxiety, and why you should lace up those running shoes.
This week, the world of science made some interesting connections. Researchers found that inflammation may be the cause of brain fog, that deep sleep stages calm an overly anxious mind, and that any amount of running is better than no running. For details, read on.
Calming The Anxious Mind
Giving clients control leads to better results
How I learned to make dairy-free, anxiety-easing, gut-saving smoothiesPeople who get to know me now find it difficult to imagine that I was not always joyfully dancing West African dance and singing rhythm and blues, but only two years ago I ended a …
Praying to a Loving God Guards Against Anxiety DisordersPrayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening. ~ Mahatma Gandhi What are your deepest beliefs regarding the nature of God? When you pray, do you talk to a loving, p…
Pratyahara Meditation to Focus the Mind and Calm Anxiety
Use this guided meditation to draw the senses closer to connect with the body in the present moment.
Try these tricks to handle the pressure of performance.
Book Review: The Gifts Beneath Your Anxiety by Pat LongoAnxiety, panic attacks, sadness, and heightened sensitivity can carry with them a multitude of other effects—headaches, depression, and impediments from life’s joys. However…
An Old and Surprisingly Helpful Definition of Sin
What if we define sin as “anxious self-centeredness”? When we empty ourselves of lower energies, what takes their place?
Mindfulness for the Wallflower
Meditation is at the core of a new generation of treatments for social anxiety.
3 Things You Should Never Say to an Anxious Child (and What to Do Instead)
It's normal to be anxious, and it's normal to react poorly to anxiety in others! Here are some tips if you're around anxious children.
Why We Fear the Future
People who struggle to deal with uncertainty may in fact may have an unusually large striatum.
My Dancing Warrior
An excerpt from Goodbye Parkinson’s, Hello Life!
Book Review: The Comfort Crisis
“Do hard things and the rest of life gets easier”
5 Practices for Calming Racing ThoughtsRacing thoughts may be a daily reality for you or an occasional annoyance. Racing thoughts are common for people with anxiety when they’re facing a stressor. They’re also common in…
Why Do So Many of Us Live in Fear?
"If only they knew: For us, fear is not a choice. A little fear is necessary for survival: Ask any gazelle. But too much fear can be as crippling as too little."
Meditation Is Hard When You Hate YourselfMaybe at some point you decided to try meditation—thinking it might help you resemble those placid, robe-draped figures chanting in the documentaries. Maybe you marveled at t…
Train Your Nervous System for Calm
Two ways to access calm strength within ourselves.
Don't Panic! Worrying about your health can trigger real symptomsYour mom always told you that worrying would make the shot worse, and now research confirms that some things really do hurt more if you think they will.A study published recently i…
A Root Cause of Pessimism, Revealed
New research could lead to better treatment of anxiety and depression.
Pregnant During a Pandemic
Pregnancy naturally causes anxiety—then tack on a pandemic. Writer Julie Peters shares her journey and how working on stress-management skills helps.
My 5-Week, $500 Vacation from Anxiety
An Interview with Andrea Petersen
S&H caught up with journalist Andrea Petersen, author of On Edge: A Journey through Anxiety
Finding Balance in a Pandemic
Finding balance isn't easy in these tightrope-walking days. But: “Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.” –Rumi
5 Ways to Calm Down During COVID-19
It’s a pandemic and you’re a stress ball. Here are 5 ways to catch your breath and calm down.
Stress as Unhealthy To Swallow as Fries
Stress can alter the digestive system, not just the mind and spirit.
Norma Jean Walton Presents 5 Ways to Combat Worry
Sponsored Content from Reputation.CA
4 Ways to Mindfully Consume News During Coronavirus
With news this intense and upsetting, we need to monitor our own consumption very carefully.
Being in the Flow of Heartache and Pain
Yoga and mindfulness can help us recognize that our discomfort has a flow.
Moments of Sweetness: Nonattachment in Difficult Times
Something joyful, beautiful, pleasurable, or delicious is happening: Notice moments of sweetness.
How to Stop a Panic Attack
3 steps to warding off rising panic
The Secret Life of Tickling
Which brain structures are at play during a tickle fight? Researchers found out.
Worry—It Does a Body Good
A psychology professor argues that worrying is actually good for the mind and body.
Stressed Out? Make a Checklist.
This one simple strategy can help you significantly reduce your anxiety and stress.
The Art of Worrying
Worry creates a sense of powerlessness that fuels sensations of fear and anxiety. The more empowered we feel—the more we sense that whatever happens, we can successfully handle—the less necessary worrying becomes.
Tips for Sleeping Peacefully While Anxious
Useful tips to prevent insomnia due to anxiety.
How Much CBD is Enough for Me?
Intrigued about the topical use of CBD for pain relief, anti-inflammatory purposes, and anti-anxiety? Read on to learn more.
How to Relax When Seeing the Dentist
Dr. Ross Chiaramonte on overcoming dentist phobia. Sponsored Content from Reputation.CA
Podcast: Hala Khouri, on Trauma
The idea of collective trauma and individual trauma have shaped the work of yoga teacher, therapist, and activist Hala Khouri.
Why Do I Worry So Much?
5 steps to prevent excessive worrying
Is Mindfulness Really the Best Way to Reduce Worry?
A new study examines how different practices benefit people who worry a lot
6 Ways to Fight Holiday Insomnia
An expert in cognitive behavioral therapies targeting better sleep, Dr. Nicole Moshfegh, author of The Book of Sleep, provides six strategies to help you ward off sleeplessness during the holidays.
Sahar Paz: Find Your Voice“Don’t let my shero cape become my veil,” was the mantra war survivor Sahar Paz repeated over and over again as she learned how to speak out in a world that asked her to be silent.…
10 Telltale Signs of Low Self-Esteem
Anneli Rufus is a frequent contributor to Spirituality & Health. Her books Party of One: The Loners' Manifesto and the Nautilus Award-winning Stuck: Why We Can't (or Won't) Move On examined our lives as individuals in a crowded world. Rufus’ upcoming work, Unworthy: How to Stop Hating Yourself, will be released by Tarcher Penguin in the spring and continues this path, addressing self-esteem. It serves as the catalyst for this blog and asks: Why do we feel the way we do about ourselves?
Fear or Intuition?Dear Eve,Sometimes I feel like I’m paralyzed with fear. I can’t tell whether I am being intuitive about things happening or just afraid of what the future might hold. Do you have a…
A Better Way to Break-Up
The pain of divorce can bring us to our knees. What if there’s a way not just to regain our footing but to step onto a new emotional path?
An Unexpected Gift of Ginger
Like serotonin for your soul, ginger root during the pandemic can be a balm for anxiety—among its many other benefits. Mary Novaria spins a yarn about how the superfood brought her relief.
You Were Not Born with Low Self-Esteem
Adapted from Unworthy: How to Stop Hating Yourself
The Joys of Decoupling
A weeklong retreat beyond words and even snuggling
6 Ways Nature Can Help You Now
Nature provides a welcome respite from the chaos of the modern world. Seeking out the solace found in the natural world can offer a path out of feeling hopeless.
Writing Yourself Back to Yourself
Meera Lee Patel’s latest journal, Create Your Own Calm, is publishing as anxiety levels across the world are rising dramatically. Patel shared her creative process and personal journaling practice with S&H.
How to Support a Loved One Struggling with Mental Illness
Here are eight tips for sincerely supporting a loved one who is struggling with mental health, plus seven additional tips for supporting those with suicidal thoughts.
Anxious Right Now? 8 Helpful Tools
Whether it be the result of a big presentation, an important exam, or even a small task, anxiety comes in all shapes and sizes. It may feel overpowering at times, but you can conquer it.
Feeling Stuck? Try Diving Into Your FearsYou know when you feel stuck? I mean really stuck? Maybe you’re stuck in a bad marriage, or a really crappy job. Or you’re stuck with a body that is causing you grief (for whatever…
5 Ideas When Things Are Beyond Your Control
When everything feels up in the air, here’s how to keep worry from taking over.
How Your Brain Hides Painful Memories
A new study has sheds light on exactly how the brain hides memories.
Release Your Stress for a Good Night’s SleepDo you tend to ruminate on the negative events of your past or the fears of tomorrow? Many of us do. When we allow this pattern to continue, however, daily stresses and traumas hav…
3 Ways To Increase Your Social IntelligenceAt the age of 54 my client, Doug, has no job, a stilted romantic relationship, and no friends. He fears he’s going to end up alone and homeless if things don’t change soon. The cor…
How to Believe in Yourself
If you don’t believe in yourself, if you don’t trust yourself, here are ideas to nurture faith.
Spiritual Insight on Vulnerability From Schitt’s Creek
You live inside your skin tone, your mental health situation, your flawed family. “Like Johnny and Moira, we don’t need to be stigmatized or made to feel less than fully human when we’re up a creek without a paddle.”
How (Besides Self-Hatingly) to Analyze Any SituationAfter a long walk, I sat on a bench in a small city park and unwrapped a fresh pastry. I had just bitten the pastry when a man entered the park, unzipped his trousers and urinated…
The Antidote to Toxic Positivity
“Positivity becomes toxic when an overfocus on rainbows and flowers leads to bypassing necessary emotions and experiences. Difficult emotions are there for a reason.” There's one cure for toxic positivity ...
People-Pleaser Syndrome Almost Always BackfiresIf you and I meet anytime, in any way, today, these things will almost certainly occur: I'll say yes when my heart and mind mean no. I'll feel, perhaps throughout our entire inte…
We All Suffer From H.E.L.P. (Human Existential Looping Problem), but There’s Help!
Stuck in a rut—or a loop? “Thoughts we’ve had thousands of times are easier to have again than new, creative thoughts. ... So what are we to do about our loops getting stronger with every repetition?”
Creating Calm from ChaosThe issue of stress is rampant in our culture. With ever-lengthening lists to get done, and increasing demands on our time and attention, stress is showing itself at every level of…
What Is Grounding?
Able to be practiced anywhere, by anyone, and at any time, grounding is an effective way to cope with anxiety.
All Together Now
“It’s true that we get clarity about what matters during a crisis, and, hopefully, as a society, we actually can readjust toward things that do matter.” —Singer Damian Kulash of OK Go
3 Powerful Practices to Free Yourself From Overwhelm
While the chaotic feeling of overwhelm has been normalized—it isn’t “normal.” Here are three ways to overcome your the frenzy of your busy schedule and the constant feeling of overwhelm.
Don’t Ignore Being Overwhelmed
“When overwhelm is given the time and space it needs to be processed, it transforms into a victory attempting to happen.”
How Anticipation Can Be Beneficial
Anticipation can be beneficial for your brain, your emotions, and even your physical health for many reasons, and it’s a skill worth learning.
How to Feed the Brain in Your Belly
Fixing your digestion can make you feel a lot less anxious.
Existential Angst and Social Media
Using social media can be bad for your health. Existentialist wisdom can help remove the angst from digital life.
Are You a Stressaholic? Here's a Five-Minute FixIncreasingly over the past couple of years, I’ve been having outbreaks of hives and itchy skin. I finally sat down with an allergist, who gave it to me straight. I am allergic to p…
Crossing the River of Self-Doubt
In this week’s The Soul of Therapy, psychologist Kevin Anderson, Ph.D., shares how to tackle self-doubt and low self-esteem.
What Did You Talk Yourself Out of Today?I recently sampled not one but two of the richest, thickest, sweetest, most stratospherically satiny ice creams I've ever tasted.One of these was High Road Craft Ice Cream, made by…
10 Instant Ways to Calm Yourself Down
If you’re easily overwhelmed, try these techniques to get centered.
Wake up from Unworthiness
An Interview with Tara Brach
Student-Self and Teacher-Soul
“Very often, our anxious self will attack a problem, looking for how to juggle, maintain, or solve what has been set in motion, while the teacher within will stand back and question our very assumptions, even our very definition of what constitutes a problem.”
Unlock the key to lessening fear and embracing gratitude and aliveness.
How to Use Ashwagandha Root
A longtime staple in ayurvedic medicine, ashwagandha root is touted for treating everything from anxiety to insomnia—but does it work? And how much should you take?
Moving from Fear to Flow
How to identify the fears blocking your relationship—and melt them away to restore wonder
How to Embrace New Year's Resolutions When You Don't Believe in YourselfSelf-loathing can turn this annual self-help ritual into a slippery slope. New Year's resolutions are wonderful in principle. What spurs self-improvement better than specific, sta…
In our special section we explore CBD from a variety of angles. Dive in to get up to speed on this huge trend.
The Medicine of Laughter
Stressed? Suffering from anxiety? Under the weather? Try laughing.
Relieve Tension with Scent
Relieve anxiety, tension, and headaches with this essential oil blend.
How to Use Guided Meditations
Guided meditation can be used to promote better sleep, reduce stress and anxiety, and even to relieve chronic pain.
Are You a Workaholic? Better Read This
Workaholics are more likely to suffer from anxiety and other disorders.
“It All Feels Like Way Too Much”
Where can you put your anxiety so that you can continue functioning?
Surrender: A Practice of Uncertainty
COVID-19 has anxiety on high. To cope: It’s time to surrender.
The Healing Powers of Singing
Singing with a group relieves anxiety and depression, according to a new study.
4 Ways to Manage Holiday Overwhelm
Learn how to vanquish anxiety and actually enjoy the holidays with these tips.
Meditation for Teen Emotional Wellbeing
A unique retreat program combats increasing rates of stress, anxiety, and depression in young people.
Is Your Mind Broadcasting Fake News?
We who experience anxiety, depression and self-hatred know fake news better than anyone.
9 Adaptogens To Restore Your Body
Try these natural and effective remedies and increase your resistance to stress, anxiety, and fatigue.
The Brainbow Blueprint for Mental Health
There’s a saying that asking people to change their diet is like asking them to change their religion. What we eat and how we eat might be our most personal choices.
Health Expert Patricia Bragg on Stress Release
“We are all suffering from some kind of stress overload these days, which can cause chronic fatigue, anxiety attacks, insomnia, depression, mood swings, and burnout. What’s the answer? How can we find relief?”
Becoming a Grown-up in Middle Age
Accepting (even embracing) challenging emotions takes practice, but it's never too late.
Why Nostalgia is Good for Us
Nostalgia has been found to be a valuable coping tool for dealing with loneliness, boredom, and anxiety.
How to Use EMDR Therapy
EMDR takes traumatic memories and removes the anxiety connected with them. It can create healing that seems magical.
4 Herbal Cures for Christmas Crises
These simple herbal remedies help treat over-indulgence, anxiety, tension, and lowered immune systems, all in time for the holidays.
Is Your Brain Listening to Anxious Dragons?
“When you tame your Anxious Dragons you can overcome anxiety, panic, and irrational fears, so you can start feeling better and living the life you want.”
Boost Your Immune System With Exercise
From improved sleep and circulation to reduced anxiety and more, regular exercise boosts immunity and strengthens the body’s defense against illness.
What Does It Mean to Relax?
Feeling stuck in unhealthy patterns? You can find deeper rest and relaxation, ease anxiety, and recover from trauma through yoga Nidra practice.
Spirituality, Mental Health, and Therapy: The Mind-Body-Spirit Connection
Spirituality and mental health are often thought of as two separate tracks in a person's life. This six-part series aims to begin stitching them together, along with therapy, to reveal the critical areas where they influence each other.
Book Review: Neurodharma
We can leverage mental tools to tap into desired feelings of calm, contentment, peace, focus, and non-judgement, and move away from stress and anxiety.
Finding Freedom in Forgiveness
The capacity to forgive reveals a soul that is free of anxiety, one that is mature and equal to the complexity of human interaction.
A Healing Crisis After an Energy Treatment
Although it is not common to experience a healing crisis after an energy healing treatment, here are nine tips for moving through the process.
Off the Screen and Up to the Stars
Media task-switching is linked to increased anxiety, depression, and mental exhaustion. Try this simple, 30-second ritual to establish positive associations with tech breaks.
15 Calming Affirmations for Parents as School Starts in a Pandemic
Back-to-school time is usually a happy stress. This year, the pandemic and school closures have us all feeling extra anxious and stressed in a not-so-happy way. Try these affirmations for returning to school during a pandemic.
Spirituality and Depression
Therapist Kevin Anderson reflects on the connection between spirituality and depression. "I tell depressed people that I have given up on self-esteem and I hope they will too. Focusing on increasing self-esteem amounts to trying to prop up the small-i self."
Focusing on What Matters, Moment by Moment
“Many of the world's contemplative traditions teach that the normal mind is afflicted in various ways; that since it so readily brings us suffering and anxiety, it can't be deemed healthy.”
Spirituality and Psychotherapy
"Most of the people who consult me now want to explore a spiritual perspective on their life situations. Many say finding a therapist who would integrate spirituality into therapy was not easy. Most therapists are still trained to avoid making spirituality a focus of therapy."
Spirituality and Relationships
Close relationships can bring out the best and worst in us. A mindful approach to relationships requires a mindful approach to life in general.
Music Is My Salvation
“There are very extreme opposites in response to this pandemic, which, in a sense, are in all of us. I’m just hoping that the positive, compassionate response is the one that sings out the loudest.” —Jai Uttal
Addressing Trauma Through Yoga Practice
Hala Khouri has been a yoga teacher for over 25 years. She is a therapist and somatic experiencing practitioner. She uses her practice to address trauma, stress, and anxiety on a spiritual and physical level.
Dreading the Next Family Gathering?
Getting together with family, especially during the holidays, can cause a lot of stress and anxiety—even if it’s all love. In this week’s The Soul of Therapy, psychologist Kevin Anderson, PhD, gives us the tools to cope.
20 Morning Affirmations for Clarity, Purpose, and Joy
Kick-start your day with intention and positivity with these empowering morning affirmations.
Guided Meditation: Within the Movement of Fall, Find Your Center
In this guided meditation use a grounding cord to drop into your center.
11 Foods to Support Your Immune System
Add these foods to your diet during times of high stress. They can help keep your immune system functioning optimally so you can stay healthy and fight off illness.
Tom BunnTom Bunn, LCSW, is the author of Panic Free: The 10-Day Program to End Panic, Anxiety, and Claustrophobia, which is the result of his many years addressing flight panic in his role…
Marketplace March/April 2019
Books, services, education and products that are sustainable and environmentally friendly.
Sheryl Paul, M.A., has guided thousands of people worldwide through her private practice, best-selling books, online courses, and her website, conscious-transitions.com. This article was adapted from her new book, The Wisdom of Anxiety: How Worry & Intrusive Thoughts Are Gifts to Help You Heal, published in May 2019 by Sounds True.
poem: HANDLE WITH CARE
"When clouds gather / in the aisle of my mind, / eyebrows withering into space,"
Jenna GraceJenna Grace is a neurodivergent writer and educator with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sensory processing disorder (SPD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and social a…
Kelsey J. PatelKelsey J. Patel is a spiritual coach, Reiki master, and wellness expert and has helped thousands struggling with burnout and anxiety. Kelsey worked on Capitol Hill in the U.S. Sena…
Breathing for Mental Clarity
A guided meditation to sharpen the mind.
Guided Meditation: Body as Home
A simple guided meditation to help you connect to your breath and your body.
Therese J. BorchardTherese J. Borchard is a mental health writer and advocate. She is the founder of the online depression communities Project Hope & Beyond and Group Beyond Blue, and is the author o…
Separating Physical Pain from Emotional Pain
When we suppress emotional energy, it lands in the energy system for the physical body, generating or exacerbating pain, illness and disease.
Sherianna BoyleSherianna Boyle is the author of Emotional Detox for Anxiety and seven other book titles. She is an adjunct psychology professor, the founder of the C.L.E.A.N.S.E Method®, C.L.E.…
The Risks of Disrupted Circadian Rhythms
Disrupted circadian rhythms play a bigger role than previously thought in our health.
Vaccinate Against Stress
Beneficial bacteria may become the basis for an immunization.
Surprising Ways to End “Mental Illness”
“An increasing number of studies have found that improving the physical functioning of the brain improves the mind.”
The Free-Range Brain
Brain imaging studies help us understand different forms of thought patterns.
Can Spirituality Protect Against Negative Emotions in Heart Disease?There is no doubt how strongly our negative emotions affect our physiology. When we feel anxious, there is a gnawing sensation in our gut. When depressed, our whole body seems to s…
An Energy Practice for Debilitating Emotions
A protocol to use to evolve your energy through intention and attention, and an audio meditation to help guide you.
Sarah WilsonSarah Wilson is the author of the New York Times bestsellers First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Journey Through Anxiety, which redefined the mental health genre, and I Quit …
Hone Your Energy Healing With Deeper Intention
Moving toward a more granular intention for an energy healing session.
When God Goes to Therapy
A new generation of psychologists finds that a spiritual approach to treatment can help patients heal.
Dr. Su Ravindran Talks About Mindfulness-Based Cognitive TherapyMany of us are well aware of what mindfulness is and the health and holistic benefits it provides. Those who practice mindfulness meditation, for example, understand personally how…
Audio Meditation for Connecting to the HeartThe heart holds our love, connection, joy, and forgiveness. It can also hold grief and anxiety. Sometimes what the heart feels is very different from what the mind thinks it wants.…
Science & Spirit: Brain Freeze, Don’t Stress about Stress, Eat Apples
This week, researchers share why we get a brain freeze when enjoying a cold drink or ice cream. They also warn us not to freak out so much if we feel anxious. And they would like us to eat some apples and tea, please. Want the bigger picture? Read on.
How Gut Health Affects Your MoodIf you’ve ever felt butterflies in your stomach when you were nervous, or known the truth of a situation through your ‘gut feeling’, you’ve experienced what has fast become a fasci…
8 Sleep Gadgets So Unusual They Might Just Work
Is sleep eluding you? Some unexpected tools may help you get to sleep and stay asleep.
One rather innocuous experience delivered the most exhilarating, victorious, and perfect moments of my life.
Flowering Plants Speed Recovery from SurgeryIf you want to help speed the recovery of a hospital patient who’s had surgery, bring a flowering plant, preferably a potted plant, suggests a recent study by the Department of Hor…
August BriceAugust Brice of Tech Wellness is an EMF (electric and magnetic field) expert bringing mindfulness and balance to our relationship with technology. She is passionate …
5 Apps to Quiet Your Mind
From meditation to mental health, try these apps to achieve stillness on the run.
February: The Body
February: The Body Challenge
After exploring the stories and resources on this page, consider the ways you can hone your awareness of your body and create new habits for optimal health: celebrate your body with daily affirmations, attend a qigong class, or learn how to layer the groundwork for a healthier diet in The Medicine in Your Kitchen: Introduction to Ayurvedic Cooking.
Share your progress with the hashtag #FebTheBody and tag @spirithealthmag.
Create Your 40-day, Brain Body Diet Book Club
This could be the healthiest group you’ll ever join.
Do We Talk Too Much About Our Pain?
In a world of constant sharing—a debate about how much is too much.
The Hormone CureReclaim Balance, Sleep, Sex Drive and Vitality Naturally with the Gottfried ProtocolBy Sara GottfriedSCRIBNERFor the woman who never experiences fatigue, sugar cravings, or PM…
Thriving as an Empath
For 20 years, Judith Orloff has helped make being an empath “something that caring characters would aspire towards.” She shares practices from a lifetime of overcoming shame and creating empowerment.
Hello Sensation: An Audio Meditation for Befriending Your Body
This meditation is a practice of honoring and acknowledging the range of complex sensations and emotions that may be present at any given moment.
A Neuropsychiatrist Asks: Is It Time to Stop Talking About “Mental Illness”?
“Reimagining ‘mental health’ as ‘brain health’ changes everything.”
Toolbox: Crystal Clear
Explore the intriguing world of crystals with this beautiful collection of gems hand-picked by S&H.
3 Best Supplements for Better Sleep
“We know that sleep makes us feel better, and we know it’s better for us. And we even know how to measure our deep sleep. But how do we get it?”
3 Journals for Finding your Way in a Complex World
Journals that are interactive and aim to unlock the hidden places inside of us.
The Mind-Gut ConnectionThe Mind-Gut ConnectionHow the Hidden Conversation Within Our Bodies Impacts Our Mood, Our Choices, and Our Overall HealthBy Dr. Emeran MayerHarper Wave More than 100 trillion mic…
5 Steps to Solving the Opioid Crisis
By paying attention and anticipating pain (tension, need for energy, and so on), people come to “health consciousness” and are less likely to abuse prescription drugs.
Got a Busy Schedule? You May Not Need More Time, Just Energy and PerspectiveDo you keep a running to-do list that never seems to end? Do self-directed commands such as “send emails” or “write resume” or “buy salad ingredients” always end up on tomorrow’s l…
Quarantine Comfort With CBD
Discover how CBD can help you through the pandemic.
Escape the Trance of Busyness: A Conversation With Tara Brach, PhD
S&H's Stephen Kiesling sat down with Tara Brach, founder and senior teacher of the Insight Meditation Center of Washington and author of Radical Acceptance, to explore her RAIN practice: Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture.
What Nightcrawler Picking Taught Me About the Pursuit of Happiness
“Don’t put finding your happiness at the center of your searchlight. Center your life on giving people your best energy. Happiness will appear on the edge of the circle of your focus on bringing light to others.”
Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, PhDSat Bir Singh Khalsa, PhD. is the Director of Yoga Research for the Yoga Alliance and the Kundalini Research Institute, a Research Associate at the Benson Henry Institute for Mind …
7 Ways to Sharpen Your Intuition
"Intuition can become mute, stifled, or drowned out when we find ourselves out of balance. Here are some ways to help you get grounded so that you can reconnect with that inner voice."
New Moon Meditation: Pause the Breath, Pause the Mind
Try this audio meditation for slowing down the mind.
5 Reasons to Take a Fall Vacation
Make time to rejuvenate with a healing getaway.
Getting UnstuckLast May, in order to pursue his dream of an integrated life of travel, writing, and photography, a smart, attractive thirty-something named Zero Dean quit his job, terminated the …
From Holidaze to Holydays: A 7-minute Reset
An audio meditation to help reset from your worst self to your best self.
Friendships Boost A Woman’s HealthA landmark study by the University of Michigan has identified a likely reason why feeling emotionally close to a friend works wonders on a woman’s mood — and even boosts her health…
How Horses Can Heal Humans
Therapeutic horseback riding helps veterans with PSTD
Mindfulness for Menopause Relief
Being aware of the present moment may reduce certain symptoms.
Yoga for Allergies Part 2: The Nervous SystemA few years ago, I had a very annoying skin allergy. Wherever I scratched, my skin would bubble up: the condition is called Dermatographia, or “skin writing” in Latin.I could write…
The Prosperous HeartThe Prosperous Heart: Creating a Life of “Enough”By Julia Cameron, with Emma LivelyTarcher/PenguinOur current world has tutored us not in optimism but in dread. Days and nights are…
Play That Lightens the Load of Children in HospitalsTo spice up Sunday School, teachers at Christ Episcopal Church of Pontevedra Beach, Florida, began using a Christian storytelling program called Godly Play (godlyplay.com). The Mon…
How Not to Stew
5 ways to stop stewing, and let go of minor offenses.
Zen Medication: Can Meditation Heal Us?A study published in the July Journal of Psychiatric Practice reveals that Zen meditation and its secular sister, mindfulness meditation, effectively reduce depression, anxiety, an…
How Mental Stress Affects Your Heart
Constriction of tiny blood vessels, especially in women, can be deadly.
A Halloween-Time Practice for Finding Balance
Feeling off-kilter? This simple and powerful practice can bring you out of your swirling thoughts and ground you firmly in the present moment.
Mindfulness Meditation for Chronic Pain
Mindfulness meditation can help us befriend the pain sensations and teach the brain that it doesn’t need to sound the alarm so hard.
From the Editor
The letter from the editor kicks off each issue and helps set the tone for the magazine. Over the next six issues, members of the S&H team will be writing the letter. This issue’s writer, Kathryn Drury Wagner, is our wellness editor and resident social media guru, hot sauce fanatic, and wellness enthusiast.
CBD for Joint Pain
Can CBD help with joint pain? Research suggests it can.
Audio Meditation: In the Flow of Discomfort
This audio meditation is for those times when there’s discomfort in the body, whether emotional or physical, that doesn’t easily go away.
How a New Blend of Mindful Movement Can Help You Heal
Use this method to process traumatic experiences and work through challenging emotional states.
3 Basic Supplements for Better Moods
A low mood is more common in the winter months. But it may also signal a gap in your nutrition.
5 Ways Not to Be Irritated All the Time
Constantly annoyed? Here are some strategies.
How Meditation and Mindfulness Help Ease Chronic IllnessA novel study suggests that meditation and mindfulness can greatly improve the lives of people with chronic illness, particularly those with diabetes mellitus or coronary heart dis…
4 Better Ways to Breathe
Techniques for becoming more aware of your breathing patterns.
Cure Ruminative Thoughts With Sleep
Getting less than eight hours a night can lead to repetitive, intrusive thoughts.
Which Rest is Best?
A new study suggests cognitive fatigue can be relieved by playing “casual video games.”
6 Crystals to Help You Sleep
Find the right crystal for your sleep issue, and you'll soon be lost in dreamland.
Calm the Body, Calm the Culture
Dr. Will Cole on easing chronic inflammation in individuals and in society as a whole.
Best Practice: How to Really Want to Work OutMotivation is often spoken of as if it were some inward reservoir. Whether it is talking about one’s level of motivation (as if the tank were either full or empty), waiting for mot…
12 Affirmations for Speaking Your Truth
Heal your fifth chakra with confident, authentic communication and by speaking your truth.
Podcast: David Hanscom, MD
A former spine surgeon presents effective pain-relief alternatives to risky procedures.
Check Your Thermostat To Avoid DepressionWhat should we do when we’re upset or depressed? Should we analyze our feelings to figure out what’s wrong, or should we just forget about them and move on? Opinions differ, but ne…
Schisandra: The Key to ZZs
This adaptogen can help you reclaim a good night's sleep.
The Self and the Other
Civil rights expert John A. Powell explores the delicate yet enduring cord between our spiritual practice and social justice.
How to Find Calm Amid Chaos
Begin to lessen the overwhelming emotional response you may be experiencing to the smallest provocation.
Book Review: The Power of Heart
Reason and intellect are great, but when you feel like giving up, heart matters, according to Dr. Amy Bloch.
Recent studies confirm that a "half-empty" outlook is literally bad for your health.
That Music You Hate Constricts Your Hearthen study participants at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore listened to music that brought them a sense a joy, the inner lining of their blood vessels bega…
Three Strategies for Touchy Topics During the Holidays
The holidays can be rife with conflict, division and struggle. Here are some ideas that can help.
Meditation on the Mat
Try yoga nidra for deep relaxation and profound healing.
Calm in Times of TroubleMore…
Keeping Stay-at-Home Kids Healthy
Kids stuck at home due to coronavirus pandemic? Here are some ways to keep them mentally and physically fit.
Gut Bacteria Affects Your Mood?New studies suggest that probiotics do more than help you digest—they may also boost your mood.Audrey Anne Sukacz said she started enriching her diet with probiotics—foods that con…
The Happiness Track: Are We Really Worlds Apart?
New research shows men and women aren't so different after all
Tree Pose to Ease the Body Into MeditationFall is a time of seasonal quickening, as we go back to work in earnest, and a time of rising anxiety. It is a perfect time to start or renew a mind/body meditation practice. You w…
Yoga and Mental Health
Yoga and mental health are inextricably intertwined. Yoga helps promote mindfulness, healing from trauma, and boosts creativity.
14 Affirmations For When You’re Around Someone Negative
Consider these affirmations an emotional shield for when you’re around someone who is allergic to optimism.
Podcast: Dr. Will Cole
One of the leading voices in functional medicine talks with Rabbi Rami about chronic inflammation, and why it is time for entirely new approaches to health and wellness.
3 Easy Moves to Uplift Your EnergyThe Great Rejuvenator inspires joy, reduces chronic fatigue, recirculates stagnant blood in legs, and relieves menstrual cramps. Lie on your back with your legs straight up agains…
Your Brain on Yoga Nidra
Not only does yoga nidra meditation help you get a good night’s sleep, it also rids the body of harmful stress-inducing cortisol, boosts the production of “pleasure hormones,” and shifts brain waves into a beneficial state of regeneration and repair.
Yoga for Caregivers
Caregivers need care too. Explore the best yoga-based solutions for soothing the caregiver’s heart, mind, and body.
Boost Your Brain: 5 Natural Nootropics
These superfoods not only protect neurological function, they can also improve mental performance.
Research shows that adding mind/body techniques to treatment options can increase the odds of conception.
The Beautiful Superfood: Pearl
Did you know you can eat pearls for their various health benefits including skin and bone health, as well as cell renewal?
Feeling Just a Little Better
A simple practice for positive thinking.
A Mind-Altering MessageOne of the key words in the New Testament is metanoia, usually translated as "repentance" and giving rise to neurotic concerns about sin and self-reproach. But the Greek word meta …
The Man Who Planted Treesby Jim Robbins“When the Europeans landed, the forests were so thick that it’s often been said that a squirrel could travel from the Atlantic coast to the Mississippi River wi…
Soothe Restless Leg Syndrome NaturallyFor many, restless leg syndrome is more than an irritating twinge. The neurological condition, often considered a sleep disorder because the spasms can wake you up at night, makes …
5 Favorites to Quiet the Mind
Books, Music, Film, Health, Healing, Wellness, Meditation
Book Review: Fulfilled
How the Science of Spirituality Can Help You Live a Happier, More Meaningful Life
Another Reason to Snuggle
Is cuddling going to regulate your gut bacteria? New research suggests yes.
Strengthen Your Bond in NatureOver every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley. —Theodore Roethke For many of us, overwhelming stress sends us straight into the arms of Mother N…
12 Affirmations for Peace and Calm
Use these affirmations to find a moment of serenity.
A Practice to Heal Prejudice
How loving-kindness meditation taps the roots of empathy
Ignite Your Inner Fire: 25 Inspiring IntentionsLife is a miraculous gift. Yet, as many of us move through time, we seem to have forgotten.We’ve grown weary, disconnected, distracted or detached. We’ve lost our connection with o…
Digestive Health and the Earth Element
Support the immune and digestive systems by balancing the Earth element and nourishing the spleen.
Forest Bathing“But I’ll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest, and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything.” —Alan Watts Ha…
Moving Towards Joy
Kelly McGonigal says to use the latest research on movement to bring more delight into your life.
Talking With People Who Trigger Your IssuesI met a supermodel last week.Daisy Lowe, whose archangelic statuesquity graces Vogue and other fashion hotspots, appears in a stunning set of images recently commissioned by the Gr…
5 Things the Irritating Peloton Ad May Have Gotten Right
Could the Peloton bike ad be sort of okay when viewed through a different lens?
Book Review: The XX Brain
The Groundbreaking Science Empowering Women to Maximize Cognitive Health and Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease
CBD Oil for Insomnia
Can CBD oil help you get some much-needed sleep?
How Do I Find The One?Around Valentine’s Day, a lot of people are thinking about love—whether they want to be or not. A set of particularly anxious questions can arise: How do I find the One? How do I k…
Book Review: Clearing Emotional ClutterClearing Emotional ClutterMindfulness Practices for Letting Go of What’s Blocking Your Fulfillment and Transformationby Donald AltmanNew World LibraryYou couldn’t swing a book bag …
Inside the Sept/Oct 2018 Issue
Take a look inside our latest issue.
5 Lessons For Living Your Best Life From a Philosophical Theologian
Paul Tillich is one of the greatest philosophical theologians you’ve probably never heard of.
Film Review: Chasing the PresentChasing the PresentDirected by Mark Waters 1091 FILMS HAVING STRUGGLED WITH addiction, loss, and a lifetime of crippling anxiety attacks, James Sebastiano decided to travel the …
15 Affirmations for When Things Don’t Go As Expected
When your expectations are dashed, try these affirmations.
15 Creative Ways to Spend the WeekCreativity is powerful for all of us. We can channel our pain into penning a poem, singing a song or moving our bodies. We can channel our joy into making a nourishing meal. We can…
The Healing Power of Breathby Richard P. Brown and Patricia L. GerbargRichard P. Brown and Patricia L. Gerbarg, both MDs and teaching psychiatrists, weave contemporary science together with ancient wis…
Letting Go When You’re Holding On
How can you support yourself to let go?
Book Review: Brain Wash
Austin and David Perlmutter's new book provides science-based practical lifestyle interventions for detoxing the brain to help foster clearer thinking, deeper relationships, and healthier habits.
Music Review: Note to SelfOwing largely to the traces of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nina Simone in her voice, Jamaican singer and yogi Jah9’s style has been called jazz on dub, but the music on he…
Film Review: ShelterShelterDirected by Paul BettanyScreen Media FilmsIn this gritty, nerve-wracking look at life on the streets of New York City, Anthony Mackie plays Tahir, a homeless African immigra…
Does your décor reveal your secret anxieties? Never fear—holistic design expert Laura Benko is here.
Just Don't Do ItDo you do certain things only because of fear and anxiety? Give yourself permission to stop.A feel-good moment in countless fairy tales, songs, advertising jingles, children's film…
Trauma is an Integrative Experience that Requires Integrative Healing
Trauma affects all the systems of the body, mind, soul and spirit; its treatment must go beyond talk centered therapies.
Is Your Mantra Organic?
20 things you’ll want to know about classic meditation mantras.
Talk to Us: September/October 2018Help for Depression I read with great interest the article titled “Zoloft & the Sacred.” As a nurse practitioner working in psychiatry, my day is filled with patients seeking help…
Healing for the Gut
Julie Peters describes her experience with SIBO and her long journey back to health.
An Interview with Daniel Goleman
The Best Position for Sleep and 7 Reasons to Find Yours
Try these tips for getting comfortable in your favorite sleeping position.
Mindfulness Therapy Kicked My Autoimmune Disease to the Curb
How I turned my life around by changing my way of thinking.
An Energetic Digestive Cleanse
Repressed emotional energy will eventually lead to serious illness and disease. It's time for a cleanse.
Podcast: Kelly McGonigal
Rabbi Rami speaks with our January/February cover subject, Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
Yoga Boosts Brain Health
Yoga expands your mind. ... Literally, it turns out. A regular yoga practice makes key brain areas larger and healthier.
Enjoy Yourself, Even Now
It's okay to find the silver lining and enjoy yourself, even now.
16 Affirmations For Mindful Eating
Here are some affirmations to guide you on the path to mindful eating.
3 Wise Men, 3 Wise Gift-Giving Tips
Deliver delight this year. Look to the Magi to inspire new gift-giving practices this holiday season.
7 Myths of Self-Care and the Truth of Building Resilience
Self-care is not a luxury. In order to build resilience, putting yourself first is critical. Here are seven of the self-care roadblocks we erect and how to break through them to find love and compassion for ourselves.
Podcast: Author Sarah Wilson on Reclaiming Your One Wild and Precious Life
Individualism and capitalism are simply not working. Author Sarah Wilson talks about the challenges we face as humans, such as climate change and racial injustice, and proposes healthier systems to heal a fractured world.
Our Top 10 Apps for Health & Wellness
Pull out your smartphone and get ready to download these healthy tools.
Inside the May/June 2018 Issue
Spirituality & Health's May/June 2018 issue is now available.
Understanding Your CravingsDieting mythologies have taught us that cravings are our enemies. We are told to ignore the plaintive cries of our evil bodies as they try to trick us into feeding them!Cravings ar…
Liquid Mind X: MeditationChuck WildReal MusicChuck Wild’s music career has been a wild ride. Back in the 1980s, he played keyboards for the new wave rockers Missing Persons and later produced music for the…
Reharmonizing the Body’s Built-In Energy Network
Marma Treatments at an Ayurvedic Retreat Center
Ancient Art of IncenseIf you don’t already use it daily, you may associate incense with your college years—the familiar smell and smoke in dorm rooms masking, well, other familiar smells associate…
How to create social media boundaries to stay connected without getting sucked in.
Is Brain Training Worth the Time?
Cognitive training protects against declines in mental abilities as we age.
The Alchemy of the Heart: Witnessing Grief
When we allow pain in fully (and then release it fully), the heart can transform pain into gold.
How (and Why) to Feel a Feeling
“The problem isn’t the depth of sadness or anger that we feel. The problem is our resistance to them.”
Can Spiritual Sleep Help You Learn, Heal, and Reach Your Full Potential?
Through dream incubation, yoga nidra, or a general meditative practice, spiritual sleep can bring on creativity and help you problem-solve.
Book Review: CaptureCapture: Unraveling the Mystery of Mental SufferingBy David A. Kessler, MDHarperWaveWho hasn’t wished they could control the anger, grief, and anxiety that lead to actions tha…
The Practicing MindBy Thomas M. SternerThomas Sterner is an accomplished musician who, as a child, practiced his instruments without much enjoyment. Though he became proficient, it wasn’t until he wa…
How Do You Want to Die?
Sponsored Content from The New York Open Center
Aging: Blame Your NeighborhoodFight the aging process with blueberries. Or retinols. A lot of Pilates, and laughter and good sex. But if you live in the wrong neighborhood, you’ll still grow older more quickly …
Get Zen Fast: Reflexology You Can Do From Your Desk
Focus, revive, and energize yourself from your midday slump with these seven reflexology points.
How a Neighborhood Can Promote Happiness
What surrounds your home is important to wellbeing.
The 3 Ways People Manage Emotions
Strategies tend to fall within set groupings. Which one do you use?
Calm Down: 3 Ways to Activate Your Vagus Nerve
Your vagus nerve is your body's information highway. It helps your brain and body communicate, playing an important role in how you feel.
Adaptogen Smoothies Want to Help De-Stress Your Day
“As we all currently navigate this global pandemic, it’s paramount that we nourish our bodies with food and drink that work to reduce our stress and enhance our immunity.”
5 Questions for Emeran Mayer1. As the science is emerging on the mind-gut connection, what do you believe is the most significant discovery?The most important realization is to view the mind-brain-gut microbi…
Why People Don’t Meditate ... Even If They Want To
Why is it so hard to jumpstart a meditation practice even when you really want to? There are generally two reasons why people don’t meditate.
Animal DreamzzzKristen RaceAnyone who has ever suffered a bout of insomnia knows how frustrating it is to try to fall asleep when your mind is not ready; this is true not just for adults but also…
Got Gut Problems?
IBS? Leaky gut? CBD products can help with many digestive ailments.
How a retreat leads to increasingly positive thoughts
Portals not Problem Solvers
As caregivers, we need to be more than problem solvers. We need to be portals to a larger possibility.
The Role of Reiki in a Healing Crisis
Reiki is a subtle yet powerful form of energy medicine. It can resolve a healing crisis—or may even bring one on.
A Lifeboat for the Caregiver
Taking care of a loved one with dementia can be a grueling task, but meditation and support can lighten the load.
Book Review: Water in Plain SightWater in Plain SightHope for a Thirsty WorldBy Judith D. SchwartzSt. Martin’s PressFollowing environmental news is mostly an exercise in confronting anxiety, helplessness, and desp…
Stomach Pain and the Chakras
Stomach pain is connected to an unbalanced third chakra, located next to the stomach above the belly button.
Somatofulness: Return to an Awakened Body
“Somatofulness connects us directly to the earth and nature, thus preserving them both.”
Imagine Yourself Happy
Imagery training can boost everyday wellbeing, a new study shows.
5 Questions for Emma SeppäläResearcher (and new S&H columnist) Emma Seppala, unpacks the latest studies on happiness and offers a new way forward in her new book The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Scie…
Suspending Judgment: Losing Control to Be in Control
How to use mindfulness to let go of preconceived notions.
Mindfulness: More Rigor, Less Hype
A panel of experts calls for more consistent scientific examination of mindfulness.
7 Wellness Trends for 2021
Frog venom, really? Well, here are some of the health and wellness trends that should be on your radar for 2021.
The Birth Order Myth, DebunkedI always thought that birth order equals destiny. I’m the older of two children, and I’m driven, ambitious and uptight. My younger brother? The classic second child: mellow, change…
100+ Books We Love
Dive in to our special section on 100+ books we love.
Nectar of Love: Rose, Saffron, Lime Coconut Cream
A love tonic dessert for love day.
Hypnosis House CallHypnosis House Call: A Complete Course in Mind-Body Healingby Steven GurgevichScience is revealing the astounding powers of the human brain to reorganize itself according to the st…
The Happiness Track: Is Mindfulness a Racket?
Is mindfulness really the panacea for today's stress?
Simple Cures for LonelinessThe most recent US data studied by John Cacioppo, a social neuroscientist at the University of Chicago, found that almost a quarter of people today are plagued by frequent loneline…
Pitch, Pace, and PauseAs some of you already know, I am a spoken word poet, which means, generally speaking, that I talk about my feelings in front of half-drunk audiences on Monday nights at a neighbor…
3 Herbal Cures for Thanksgiving Troubles
Natural ways to deal with anything this big holiday dishes up.
6 Ways to Stop Arguing and Start Listening
Explore ways to lay down the swords and work on our listening skills when faced with a potential argument.
5 Questions for Cheryl RichardsonBest-selling author Cheryl Richardson delves into midlife challenges and experiments with journal writing in her long-awaited return, Waking Up in Winter: In Search of What Really …
3 Techniques to Inspire Your Sex Life
Sex therapists and coaches share the innovative approaches they use to inspire greater intimacy
Writing Oneself Out of FibromyalgiaFibromyalgia (FMS) is a debilitating mix of pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance, and depression that is resistant to treatment. Part of the difficulty in treating the millions of Amer…
Support a Healthy Gut With CBD
CBD can help ease the pain and trouble that comes with an inflamed gut, whether it’s IBS, leaky gut, or some other problem.
5 Meditations for Navigating Negative, Anxious ThoughtsNavigating negative, anxious thoughts is hard. It’s hard when your mind ruminates on rigid thoughts: I should do things quickly. I should be more productive. I should never say thi…
When You Finally Go on a Retreat ...
What to keep in mind—and what to steer clear of when deciding on a retreat.
5 Ways to Listen from the Heart
The secrets to supporting a stressed-out partner.
Forget the book club—make your next gathering about your dreams.
How Breathing Helped Me to Heal
Through my stillness in asana class and in meditation, I learned that breathing slowly unleashed my inner poetry.
3 Essential Oils to Relieve Eczema (Plus DIY Cream)
Clinical aromatherapist Dorene Petersen recommends her favorite essential oils to help soothe the itchy nightmare of eczema. Also included is a recipe for a luscious homemade cream to soothe painful dryness.
The Art of ReceivingThere’s an origin story that many yogis have: there was a first moment, a realization, a falling in love, a desire to shout from the rooftops: “Yoga saved me!”. For me and many oth…
Green Tea Instantly Boosts Working MemoryDo you need an extra surge of brain power for a big test or a difficult project? You might want to consider switching out your coffee for green tea as new research has shown that t…
9 Affirmations to Clear Your Fear and Embrace Daily Miracles
Consider a miracle as a “shift in perception, from fear to love.”
Five Kinds Of Breaths Everyone Should TakeBreath is life—something we take for granted, but couldn’t do without. In times of stress or grief, often we hear advice to “take a deep breath.” But sometimes deep breathing becom…
Book Review: The Path of Modern YogaThrough the stories of eleven key figures, ranging from Indian yogis to an American-born journalist, author Elliott Goldberg engagingly recounts the path of modern yoga. The approa…
Are “Mental Dragons” Breathing Fire on Your Emotional Brain?
“When I teach my patients how to identify their inner dragons, they start to recognize what’s fueling their fears, emotional pain, and unhealthy behaviors.”
Mindfulness, Itchy Eyes, and Protecting Yourself From COVID-19
In the age of COVID-19, mindfulness is a way to stay safe.
The Crazy Way Complaining Alters Your BrainI’m sitting at my favorite local diner on a warm and sunny Saturday in February, with my boyfriend across from me—so many things to be grateful for. Only, I’m starving. One-by-one,…
Left-Handed Mental-Health Treatment
When being a southpaw matters, medically.
Why We’re So Emotional When We’re Tired
A new study has identified exactly why we get so emotional when we have been burning the candle at both ends.
10 Ways to Avoid Drama Burnout
Find ways to take a break from overwhelming situations.
Fight Depression With FishDepression is a leading cause of poor health, affecting an estimated 350 million people worldwide. In the U.S., nearly 7 percent of the population has had at least one major depres…
Training Your Brain with Tea
To improve brain health, look no further than a cup of tea.
Tai Chi Battles Depression
Three months of practicing the Chinese martial art of tai chi led to significantly reduced symptoms of depression in Chinese-Americans.
Treating Phobias with Imagination
The power of our minds can help us overcome fears.
Conquering Autoimmune Disorders
Two alternative approaches offer hope to those suffering from chronic pain.
When "Just Breathe" Isn't Enough: Practices for Deep BreathingBreathing is, indeed, good for you. It’s been shown that breathing into the belly helps encourage a relaxed state in your body, nourishes your organs, calms the nervous system, and…
Can a Hug a Day Keep the Doctor Away?It’s cold and flu season again — make sure you get plenty of sleep, take some extra vitamin C and … hug each other a little more. Yes, that’s right. A new study reveal…
Deciphering the Signs of Your Intuition
Understanding the difference between genuine intuition and a bout of paranoia.
Finally Stop Ruminating
You can't control what you think, but you can control how you respond to what you think.
A Good Night’s Sleep
Is anything better than waking up refreshed? Are you unable to answer that question because you don’t remember what waking up refreshed feels like? We can relate. Read on if you or anyone you love needs tips on how to get a good night's sleep.
8 Ways to Start Your Day With IntentionBeep. Beep. Beep. Grab coffee. Dash out door. Adrenaline blaring, mind already awhirl, we launch ourselves out like cannonballs—scattershot, hurling, into the world. Now, is that a…
Fall Seven Times, Stand Up Taller
Two important new books on a revolution in thinking about resilience
Struggling with Food Cravings? Mindfulness Can HelpDo you struggle with intense food cravings? If so, you understand that powerless feeling—when the craving takes control and you begin to feel like a passenger in Mr. Toad’s W…
How Pets Alleviate Touch Deprivation
Time to adopt a furry friend? Your four-legged friend’s company helps relieve touch deprivation and feelings of isolation.
Science & Spirit: Sleeping, Dogs, Uncertainty
This week, learn why adopting a dog is a lot like dating; how to deal with uncertainty; and sneaky ways to reset your body clock. Want to know more? Read on.
How to Practice Self-compassion
The secret to empowered action is learning not to beat yourself up.
Talk Therapy Changes the Brain
Cognitive behavior therapy literally changes connections in the brain.
Reclaim Your Emotional Freedom With Tapping Therapy
Isn’t it time to break out of your bondage? Tapping Therapy allows you to quite literally tap into your critical issues and resolve them through a series of body tapping gestures.
Making the Most of ExerciseThinking about how good exercise is for you before your morning walk can actually make that morning walk better for you.Each of us comes to fitness with our own ideas about it. May…
Your Circadian Rhythm in Quarantine
Quarantine is causing abrupt changes in our body time clocks that may hinder digestion, immune system function, energy, and mood. Here’s how to create a healthy schedule.
Making the Most of ExerciseThinking about how good exercise is for you before your morning walk can actually make that morning walk better for you.Each of us comes to fitness with our own ideas about it. May…
The Science Of Touch
Scientists now know the mechanism behind the sensation of touch.
Can Ballet Teach Wisdom?
A new study suggests that classical ballet might lead to increased wisdom in much the same way as meditation does.
What My Puppy Teaches Me
Puppies can teach us a lot about how to respond to frustrating and difficult situations in positive and productive ways.
Fall Sick Mindfully
Observe the experience of your depression and learn it's language
At the Heart of Happiness
An excerpt from The Dalai Lama’s Big Book of Happiness
The Power of Slow Living in a Fast-Paced World
“When we live with purpose, when we slow down and take stock of what is really important to us, voluntarily letting go of what isn’t, we begin to live more truthfully, on our own terms.”
A Morning Practice to Find Your Purpose
This sweet morning practice will help you align with your purpose.
Does Spontaneous Crying Mean I’m an Empath?
Does it ever seem like you’re crying for no reason? Does watching a sad movie cause you to break into spontaneous crying? You may be an empath.
Do You Suffer from Secondhand Stress?Do you cringe when you see someone get yelled at, hurt, or embarrassed? Do you tend to soak up others’ emotions—especially the feelings of those close to you? A new study has…
Letting Go of the Fear of Death
An excerpt from Grateful Exit: How to Advocate Effectively, Take Care of Yourself, and Be Present for the Death of a Loved One.
Science & Spirit: An Easy Way to Feel Better, Memory Science, and the NCP
This week, find out how to boost your mood in only 12 minutes and read about a way that people are healing our deep divides.
How to Tap into Your Light When the World Feels DarkAs we move away from thinking of positive emotions as a hedonistic escape plan, we begin to understand the immense power that they have to transform our human experience and to gal…
Prayer is Good Medicine
From the archive: Selected stories from the past 20 years.
The body benefits from spiritual practice.
What’s a Change Club?
Take a look at the concept of a Change Club. It might inspire you to start your own.
The Case for Yogic BreathingThe mind has a terrible time telling itself what to do. Fortunately, science is catching up with yogic breathing wisdom.Since the time of Descartes (“I think, therefore I am”), mod…
Finding Balance for Fertility
Holistic nutritionist Nicole Granato overcame polycystic ovary syndrome without drugs. She shares her story, and tips for other women.
Unlocking the Spice Secrets of Temple Priests and MonksThe Jerusalem Post recently did a story on Tel Aviv University professor Michael Ovadia, a research specialist who normally focuses on the medicinal properties of snake venom. Seem…
Healing with Reiki in Hospitals
The healing art of reiki is finding a surprising new home—high-tech Western hospitals.
Befriending the Vagus Nerve
Explore the most accessible ways to achieve natural vagus nerve stimulation.
6 Tips to Support Change With Color Therapy
Colors have frequencies that influence mood, impact our energy field, and support us in developing different aspects of ourselves.
Self-Compassion: How to Value YourselfThe secret to empowered action is learning not to beat yourself up Strive for more, work even harder, aim to be the best! We live in a society that regularly sends us such message…
Training Our Mind for Endurance
Mental training can help us get through horrible physical experiences—even childbirth!
Learning How to Love Your Body
Journaling can transform not only my physical health, but also emotional and spiritual health.
The Yoga of Critical ThinkingI was talking recently with a fellow yoga teacher about a student who takes three to four classes every day. He was a little worried about the effect that might be having on her bo…
Recipes for Good Health
Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Ready to take the ancient Greek physician’s advice? These five new cookbooks will help.
8 Essential Oils for Yoga
The use of essential oils for yoga can assist in setting intentions for your practice and further connecting mind and body. Learn which oils are best for your needs.
10 Keys to a Happier LifeWhat are the daily habits of truly happy people? And how can we incorporate these habits into our daily lives? Action for Happiness—a movement dedicated to helping people ex…
Aware and Asleep
Take a dive into the lucid dream world and explore advice for new dreamers.
4 Practices for Cultivating Feminine Magnetism
Are you feeling stiff, sluggish—as if the energy within you is in stasis? It may be time to reconnect with your intrinsic feminine magnetism.
Here’s Why CBD-Infused Face Serum Is 2019’s Most Exciting Beauty Trend
If you haven’t heard of CBD yet, get ready for it to be one of the biggest health and wellness trends of 2019.
Gratitude for the sisterhood at a Tibetan Buddhist Nunnery
Reconnecting and Recommitting to Mother Earth
The courage and strength to take a stand for our planet can be found through reconnecting with the energy and ease of Mother Earth.
Lemony Ginger Winter Immune Tonic
This simple recipe is a formula to kindle the inner fires, promote healthy circulation, and hydrate the tissues.
Intensive Mindfulness for DepressionWhat’s been on your mind lately? If you’re like most of us, a lot of your time is spent pondering things that are rooted in the past or the future: the dentist appointment in a few…
5 Work-Life Mistakes Everyone is Making
Here are five mistakes people make when it comes to setting work-life boundaries, and how to fix them.
Helping Kids to Connect Body, Breath, and MindPeeking in on children’s yoga classes, I watch kids doing poses such as tree, snake, butterfly, or lion, while the instructor tells a story about the various ways these creatures b…
COVID-19: Resources to Help You Stabilize
There is so much happening in the world right now that we have no control over. Here are some resources to help you reconnect to your heart and find stability.
The Magical Potential of Doors
Bring attention to the doors of your life and you might discover the magic they hold.
Superpowering Mental Wellness
Sharon Blady views neurodiversity as a superpower. “I’ve been Geek Grrrl for as long as I can remember, and well before I used the term for reclamation and empowerment.”
Toolbox: Creating Calm
In our fast-paced and turbulent world, it can be difficult to find space for peace, both emotionally and physically. These tools, designed to create calm in the mind, body, and environment, will help to remind you to make you a priority.
Blossoming After Dark
Create a twilight garden for a tranquil, outdoor meditative space.
What’s Hiding in Your Hips?
Yoga teachers often refer to the pelvis as “the junk drawer of emotions.” To let go of past emotional states, you have to let the hips get unstuck.
Vulnerability: A Practice for Receiving Support
Asking for help and receiving support is part of taking care of yourself. Don’t have shame!
Finding Spiritual Strength in Severe Illness“Some people awaken spiritually without ever coming into contact with any meditation technique or any spiritual teaching. They may awaken simply because they can’t stand the suffer…
7 Reasons to Go Booze-Free For a Week
Seven inspiring reasons to take a break from alcohol—one for each day of the week of abstinence.
Intimacy and Sex in Isolation
Sure. Pandemic doesn’t scream sexy—but you can still ignite the spark.
"Benedictus: The Story of Sister Anne"SPONSORED CONTENTBenedictus: The Story of Sister Anne is a love story of both divine and human dimensions. The story of the nun is also the story of Joseph, her psychologist. It wa…
5-Day Ayurveda Primer (Day Two)
Natural Healing Wisdom from the Chopra Center
"A woman in her 40s was seated on a bench at the park entrance. She was weeping. I asked her if I could help. She replied that although she was healthy, she was scared."
5 Ways to Deal With Difficult People
Feeling like you might throttle someone? Try these tactics instead.
Let’s Be Clear: 3 Tips for an Effective Daily Energy Clearing Practice
Managing our energy is an important part of our overall health, and a good energy practice is more than burning sage every once in a while.
How Spirituality Affects the Physical, Mental and Social Well-being of People Going through Cancer
Spirituality and religiousness play a key role in the health and well-being of cancer patients.
Guided Meditation: Three-Step Reboot
Excerpted from Siddhartha’s Brain by James Kingsland
Finding Calm in the ChaosThere is a population of people where anger is an accepted, indeed expected, emotion. The emotions of fear and sadness however, are not. In this culture, violence and addiction are…
7 Stories to Inspire Getting OutdoorsSpring is here! It’s time to come out of hibernation and step into the great outdoors. Not that we need any convincing, but for years, scientists have been claiming the importance …
Are Nanoparticles in Sunscreen Safe?
Nano-Nano: Will someone please tell us if sunscreen is safe?
The Labyrinth as a Walking Meditation
Meditation can be frustrating, with physical discomfort and constant, intrusive thoughts. Walking a labyrinth can be a wonderful walking meditation.
How to Eat for Healthy Gene Expression
How the expression of our genes and the makeup of our micro biome are both fundamentally connected to the foods we choose to eat.
5 Tips if You Feel "Behind" in Life
When you feel like you’re falling behind in life, here are five things to refocus your attitude and get back on track.
Yoga for Sore Feet
Sore, achy feet affect your mood, not to mention cause pain to radiate to other areas of the body. Find relief for your feet by practicing yoga for sore feet.
10 Quick Journaling Power Prompts to Calm Your Mind
“Once your worries take over, it’s difficult to get back on track. ... When you face moments like these, turn to journaling to recenter yourself, assuage your fears, and calm your mind.”
A Simple Act to Create a Buffer from Stress
Cultivating positive emotions is a powerful way to build mental and emotional resilience and create a buffer from the chronic stressors in our lives.
The Impermanence of Emotions
"The truth is, we all go through cycles of emotions and eventually return to neutral. We then remain in a neutral state of equilibrium until some stimulus acts on us again, and then we feel an emotion until it too fades away and we return to neutral again."
Self-Compassion: Why We Sometimes Feel Worse Before We Feel Better
“Self-compassion takes strength, courage, and faith. Trust the process, and allow yourself to slowly let in more self-compassion, more kindness, a few degrees at a time.”
The Beautiful Sound of Relaxation and Energy
A didgeridoo concert reveals the instrument’s powers to reduce stress, blood pressure, and pain and promote an intense feeling of peace and wellbeing.
The Ultimate De-Stressing Daily Routine
Put this anti-stress routine on your to-do list for a more zen approach to daily life.
So what's it really like to be a Medium?
Ask a Practitioner
Putting the ‘Om’ in ClassroomSan Francisco’s Visitacion Valley Middle School is an unlikely beacon of hope. Shootings and murders are common enough in the California city’s southern neighborhoods that the loca…
The Building Blocks of CalmI remember my mother saying, “It’s a sin to worry.” When pressed to explain what she meant, she would often respond, “It’s all in God’s hands.” I think my mother used these sayings…
Keeping Healthy BoundariesYou may be familiar with the psychological term “boundaries,” but what does it mean and how does it apply to you?Put plainly, boundaries are the line between where I end and you be…
Hope may be the most important feeling we can have. Here’s how to cultivate it.
Is My Job Absolutely Wrong for Me?
5 Questions to Ask Yourself
Waking Up Gently to Save the WorldIt’s exciting to see sleep getting some well-deserved publicity lately for the important role it plays in overall life balance, physical, emotional and spiritual. From Fortune 500 …
Crucial Practice: The Mindful Diaper ChangeCassandra Vieten, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and the co-director of the Mind-Body Medicine Research Group at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. Becoming…
The Power of the “And Principle”: A Lesson in TantraThis year, I’ve been deepening my research into Tantric yoga philosophy while also taking courses on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (or CBT), which is a modern psychological practic…
The Chakras for Emotional ClarityIn emotionally confusing situations, our first urge is to try to understand. We use our logical brains to try to figure out things like grief, pain, and (strangest of all) other pe…
5 Reasons Not to MeditateI’ll be honest: I’ve never liked meditating. I’ve dabbled in it, and forced myself to sit for 30 day meditation challenges, and it was boring and hard. Plus life is so busy: Five m…
Banishing the Binge
“A new study published this spring in the Journal of Eating Disorders took it one step further, recommending that binge eating be tackled as a public health issue, similar to the way seatbelt campaigns, water fluoridation and anti-smoking programs were successfully implemented to improve the wellbeing of the whole population.”
Self-Regulation Skills in a Crisis: Four Tools to Calm Down Now
Self-care staples include eating well, sleeping well, and connecting with friends and loved ones. Now is the time to double-down on these basic practices—and to make sure you're not spiraling into a black hole of stress.
Your Nervous System Is at War—How to Negotiate Peace
Your nervous system has a sweet spot. Reach the optimal state of calm arousal and call a cease-fire on the war within you.
Eye Gazing: See Your Soul Shine
Excerpts from Yoga Beyond the Mat by Alanna Kaivalya
Parenting As Sacred ActivismA conversation with a friend and fellow activist inspired me to offer some special love and appreciation to all of you parents out there this week. My friend, a longtime mover and …
Happily Eating After...
The best foods for life’s challenging healing moments.
3 Super Relaxing Yoga Poses for Detoxification
Have a holiday hangover? Try these yoga poses to help detox and rebalance your body.
Reclaim Your BodyThe yoga that we practice here in North America has a fascinating and complex history and lineage. There are influences from different branches of Hindu religion, Buddhist philosop…
Turn Everything Into a Self-Esteem Game-ChangerLow self-esteem is hard to lift. Unlike high self-esteem, which is primed to respond rapidly to even slight praise—You love my new haircut? Me too!—low self-esteem is notoriously s…
Notice Prayer When It Happens
In this week’s The Soul of Therapy, psychologist Kevin Anderson, PhD, stresses that prayer is simply recognizing when joy, gratitude, compassion, or awe happen.
From the Editor: May/June 2018
A note from our editor in chief, Stephen Kiesling.
Breaking Your Addiction to ThinkingThinking is obviously an important tool. Humans have the powerful ability to think about the past and the future, make narratives about our lives that help us navigate new situatio…
How to Give to Others Without Burning Out
Research suggests that self-care can reduce stress and exhaustion—if we know how to practice it.
Shop Courageously: Learning to Trust Your JudgementFind your strengths and feel worthy of that next big purchase.We were deciding where to hang some paintings."Over the sofa," I suggested. "Oh, but then we'd have to hammer nails in…
Paradise in a Pill?On a bleak winter night in the suburbs, eight Tibetan monks wearing sandals and maroon robes shuffled out across the ecru-colored stage of the local recital hall. They paused for a…
The Power of Your MistakesWe are living in a time of more choice than ever before. Not only can we order pretty much anything online, we are free to marry whoever we want whenever we choose, we can pursue w…
The Benefits of Taking the Plunge: Cold Water Swimming
Cold-water swimming might sound unpleasant, but research suggests regular dips in cold water can improve health and longevity.
Has Low Self-Esteem Made You Forget How to Have Fun?One night two weeks ago, while watching a Nebraska-based trance band, I suddenly remembered how to have fun.It happened effortlessly—as shake-out-your-sleeves-and-collapse-on-the-h…
Managing Anger in Isolation
Your quarantine partner just aggravated you again. You’re angry—or are you? Reflection may reveal something else.
Dr. Mark Rosenberg brings holistic medicine to the ER.
On Meditating BadlyEvery morning, I meditate. Badly. I know meditation is good for me. Meditation can help with anxiety, stress, insomnia, self-esteem and a whole host of other things. There are a m…
From the Editor
"We’re celebrating 20 years of S&H, and I find myself sorting through old stories, trying to make sense of things. What’s real? What matters? What did I miss?"
Can We Give and Get Gifts Without Hating Ourselves (or Anyone Else)?My mother's birthday was last week. Because she's left ths world, I couldn't send her a gift.This was a bittersweet relief.Opening gifts almost always made Mom cry—not with joy, bu…
Tiny Traumas Are Traumatic TooI hadn't seen Tracey in over a year. And I was wrangling, that morning, with the latest in a long series of anxiety attacks, which made me not want to see anyone.But cancelling our…
Yoga for Releasing AngerAnger: we all know it, many of us well. But at a yoga party, it would be gauche to bring up the raging intensity sitting in your gut. We’re all focusing on the positive here, right…
Getting What You Want Might Not Destroy Western CivilizationBoarding the Azamara Quest in Barcelona, about to start a week-long Riviera cruise, I felt joy and two types of anxiety. One was luxuryphobia. The other was mortal fear.Surely, I t…
Foreboding Joy“The best thing about yoga,” a teacher of mine used to say, “is that it makes you more sensitive. The worst thing about yoga is that it makes you more sensitive.” We sometimes get …
Removing the Veils: Seeing Ourselves in the New Light of Forced Change
“I don’t think there’s a right or wrong way to feel about being in isolation or quarantine in this unprecedented situation. ... We are being stripped—like Inanna in the underworld—and we are being offered the gift of hard-won wisdom.”
One Simple Trick to Make Life EasierI don’t always make New Year’s resolutions—I find the darkest coldest months a pretty difficult time to start new things. This year, however, I did make one that not only helped me…
The Discussion: Seeking Connection
This month's discussion column addresses a reader who questions: How can I nourish my spiritual side when living in a rural area—where connections are harder to find?
Recovering from Trauma? Listen to What Your Body's Trying to Tell YouThe massage therapist slid her hand under my sacrum, and waited. I wasn’t sure what this was supposed to feel like and apparently nothing was happening.“What do you feel?” she aske…
Health Expert Patricia Bragg on the Miracle of Fasting
Renowned health expert Patricia Bragg, shown with her co-author Julia Loggins, has long practiced fasting and knows it is a key to a healthy immune system.
Does it Matter if You're an Alcoholic?
If you are questioning your relationship with alcohol, could that make you one of the lucky ones?
Clairsentience and Compassion
A 3-step approach to cultivating compassion and overcoming empathic sensitivity.
Bringing Food: Making a Gift of Comfort More MeaningfulBy Michelle Smith When we hear of a death in our family or community we feel a powerful urge to offer comfort—and so, we bring food. In almost any culture bringing food to t…
Why Commit? And How?Once upon a time, people spent their whole lives in one career until they retired. In this world, marriage was a given: it happened early and it was lifelong. Commitment was easy: …
Let the Spirit Move You
Listening to music may be the ultimate mood enhancer. For an extra kick, sing along and even dance.
Float Tank Into Happiness
Submerge yourself into complete bliss.
Does Your Personality Predict Your Happiness?
According to a new study, the relationship between happiness and personality is more complex than we thought.
Using Technology So It Doesn’t Use You
Take these two actions to set boundaries around your phone and social media.
Snuggling Up to Our Obstacles
"We need to understand our fears and vulnerabilities, not so we can blast through what stands in our way, but so we can figure out how to support ourselves to manage whatever it is we fear."
Photo credit: Kristan Lawson
5 Questions to Help Decode Your Chronic Back Pain
That chronic back pain is a message from your body. Are you listening? These 5 questions will help you gain insight.
The Making of a Peacemaker
In his new book Walking Through Anger, Christian Conte describes a clear and simple path to inner and outer-peace using what he calls Yield Theory. Proven in prisons, this practice works—if you choose to live it.
How Unprecedented Times Can Impact Spiritual Health and Spirit Attachment
Keep yourself in the right mindset to avoid being vulnerable to Spirit Attachment during these uncertain times.
14 Strategies for Sleeping Better
Can't remember the last time you had a good night's sleep? It's time to take a more strategic approach to sleeping better.
Try This Mantra: So What? So Hum.
Learning the stress-relieving Sudarshan Kriya from Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
A Boy, His Dog, and Their Heart-to-Heart Connection
Energy from one heart can make a real connection with another…and spread love in surprising ways.
How to Get Comfortable with the Uncomfortable
Sponsored Content from 1440 Multiversity
The Brain Benefits of Dreaming
What happens to our brain when we sleep?
Stop Reacting! Respond Instead
Evolve your volcano of reactive emotions, moving instead into an authentic and appropriate response.
My Recovery from Nighttime Bingeing
Pretty much every night, for 46 years, I woke up in a semihypnotic state and ravaged for food…
91-Year-Old Meditation Master Ruth Denison
In the California desert, a vipassana pioneer prepares for the next stage of her remarkable life.
“Moon River,” JT, and Me
Simple joys help us flow back to the best things in life. “Never have I so sensed in my patients and myself the necessity of cultivating awareness of simple joys.”
3 Simple Steps to Optimal Health
By re-training the muscles of your body and recovering the levels of oxygen your body requires, you’ll notice profound physiological and psychological changes.
5 Tips for Better Self-Talk
Become your own source of calm and encouragement
Caffeine: Habit or Hooked?
Do you have an innocent coffee habit—or an addiction?
Blackout Poetry: Creation Through Reduction
Can’t bear to put pen to paper? Start with a page that’s full of words instead of one that’s devoid of them.
Yoga as MedicineThe other night, my partner got a migraine. He was writhing in bed, ibuprofen scattered around the room, ice packs and hot water bottles strewn everywhere. I did what I do best in…
Yoga in Your PocketYoga is a good thing to have in your pocket.I’m writing this from the hotel restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina, where I’ve spent the past week at the National Poetry Slam comp…
The Power of Breath to Calm
When life goes sideways on you, it's helpful to remember that one of the most powerful tools we have to affect many layers of our health is already happening within us.
How to Tell if You Are Following Your Bliss or Chasing A Craving
The work of pleasure and desire is to be honest with ourselves.
The Empowered Empath
3 steps to get you healthy, grounded, and empowered to create a compassion revolution and save the world.
Biological Time: Slowing Down the Aging Process
Find little ways every day to slow down, even if it’s just for ten minutes a day.
5 Shelter-in-Place Habits Worth KeepingFrom a safe-seeming 6 feet apart, a neighbor and I waved hello. As if on cue, we both asked: “How are you?” And, simultaneously, we both replied: “Fine.” White paper masks furre…
How Chinese Medicine Cures ColdsAs modern science continues to unravel the complexity of virus behavior on a cellular level in humans, cold sufferers should be reminded that the Chinese medical system has success…
Playing with Relationship FireI’ve been watching a trend among some of the people I work with—they are playing with fire in their relationships. But I can’t help but wonder, can you really play with fire and no…
Reflections on JudgmentI’m too judgmental. It is a bad habit (there I go again!), one I learned from my family, where criticism far outweighed compliments. I went to a liberal arts college to learn criti…
The Benefits Of Fish Oil
When a proper balance of omega-6s to omega-3s is achieved, both your body and mind both reap a number of benefits.
Is Buddhism True?
An Interview with Robert Wright
COVID-19: Fearless Love Is Needed
“If we are going to survive as a species worthy of survival, we will have to get beyond the limits of ‘us’ verses ‘them’ and open to the truth of all of us together.”
Emotions in Motion
Dance psychologist Peter Lovatt explains why letting the rhythm move you is a brilliant way to lift your mood.
Mixed Emotions of the HolidaysAs the holiday season is now in full swing, I can’t help but observe the swing of emotions—mine and that of those all around me.On one hand, there is the child-like delight of magi…
The Five Elements Quiz
Excerpt from Decorating With the Five Elements of Feng Shui
Natural Stress Relief
It is possible to live a stress-free life with completely natural methods.
8 Tricks for Controlling Holiday Binge Eating and Drinking
Avoid overeating and drinking too much this holiday season by mindfully focusing on giving yourself pleasure rather than trying to numb the pain.
Seven Steps to a Stress-Busting AttitudeStress affects our circulation, slows our digestive system, and even increases our blood sugar levels. Try these tips from naturopath Dr. Michael Murray to reduce stress and boost …
Shift Your Body, Shift Your MindAt the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, we have worked for the last few years to find ways to help our veterans returning from Iraq an…
Nav Dhunay, entrepreneur, describes 5 stress-reducing exercises
Sponsored Content from Reputation.CA
Being in the Presence of ChangeTwice last week I bumped into friends while in the midst of busy days. These are women who I adore, but haven’t seen in much too long, each of us consumed with the busy-ness of our…
5 Steps to Clear Mental Clutter
Is it time to clean out your spiritual closet? Is your emotional sock drawer overflowing? Productivity expert Erin Rooney Doland, author of "Unclutter Your Life in One Week," offers five steps to restore order.
Teaching a Stressed System to Relax: Living in the Gaps
“The more I practice cultivating the gaps and being really present for them, the more my nervous system gets the message that I’m okay.”
9 Things You Might Assume Are Your Fault, But Aren't
When blaming yourself for your own suffering becomes a core belief.
Through Yoga, A Path Beyond 12 Steps
Yogi Tommy Rosen uses his practice to help others in recovery.
How to Use Jin Shin Jyutsu
Jin Shin Jyutsu isn’t well-known, but the practice promises whole-body healing, either with a practitioner or at home.
The Importance of Learning to Breathe
The purpose of alternate-nostril breathing is to balance the left and right sides of the brain, and help you to relax and get centered.
What’s Bugging You?
“Creating this simple practice has been a great help to me. As I lean into it, I see where I am hooked into negative thought patterns about myself or others and recognize what I need to let go of. I also see what brings me joy.”
For Better Group Therapy, Just Add Heat
How to create a "sweat therapy" sauna
12 Reasons to Yawn Every Day
Is a yawn simply a silent scream for coffee or is it something more? Understand why yawning is a spiritual practice, and how you can include more of it in your daily routine.
And He Never Looked BackAs a baby, Matthew fell headfirst from our second story, crashed his skull through his brain and suffered a devastating traumatic brain injury. And while he became a “miracle child…
Gratitude Ritual for the New Moon
The new moon, fully inhabiting the shadow, offers a potent time for exploring gratitude for the rhythms of life.
Tea for What Ails You
How to use herbal teas to treat common health maladies and get back on the path to wellness. (An S&H classic)
Summertime, and the Sitting Is Easy…
If emptying your mind feels like work, try this.
Finding Your Sense of Self
“This truly is the time for humanity to change the course of their lives, evolve, and experience heaven on Earth.”
Helping Graduates Transition into the Real WorldAs the end of the school year approaches, expectations and anxiety begin to loom in equal measure. Prior to graduation, the notion that “now life really begins” fills people with g…
51 Meditations for Tending the Heart Fire
Find your flow in the new year with these “micro meditations” for renewal, connection, and inner strength.
Balance the Doshas and Build your Senses with Ayurveda
At-home treatments deliver fast results for elemental imbalance.
5 Things Narcissists Do on Holidays
And how to respond safely.
Hitting the Reset Button When the Your Flow of Higher Energies Is Interrupted
Reset your connection to the flow of divine energies. “I began wondering about the numerous ways I lose my connection to the Ground of Being.”
Why Do I Feel So Alone?
Loneliness can be an invitation to change
Sacred Empath, Sacred Alchemist
What is a Sacred Empath? A Sacred Empath is a Light Worker, a Healer, a Way Shower and part of an army of sweet Souls who have incarnated on earth here and now to bring healing, love and light to a world in transition.
4 Energy Clearing Strategies
There are a variety of ways to approach energy clearing.
24 Hours of Tea
A tea for any time of day and anything that ails you.
The Truth About Herbal "Tea"
How do herbal teas differ from tisanes? Are they really even tea?
10 Moves to Relax and Uplift Your Body
Feeling depleted, frenzied or stiff? 10 easy moves to relax your mind and uplift your energy
The best way to achieve inner peace is to treat your brain as a computer, according to entrepreneurial coder Sir John Hargrave.
Look At Me, Look At You
One way to rewire your experience of yourself and with other people is by paying close attention to eye gaze and its importance to your relationships.
Don't Tell Me To Relax: Emotional Resilience in the Age of Rage
Meditation teacher and psychotherapist Ralph De La Rosa, author of Don't Tell Me to Relax, offers advice for living fully through difficult times.
3 Keys to Unlock the Genetic Switch of Your Stress ResponseThe pinging phone, back to back meetings, rush hour traffic; most of us get a little on edge when we are face to face with high stress situations. We also probably know people who …
Secrets of the Pelvic Floor
This often-neglected part of the body has a lot to say if you know how to listen.
The Joy of Thanks
Shifting into gratitude not only feels great, research shows that it is powerfully healing.
re/VIEW: Sharon SalzbergRenowned Buddhist meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg’s first book on meditation was Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness, which she penned in 1995. Since then, she ha…
Care of the Soul: The Place Beyond SeekingI used to be a seeker, looking for answers to all sorts of questions, wondering which religious tradition was right and best, concerned about the nature of the afterlife, wishing I…
6 Ways to Stay Grounded During Uncertainty
Stay grounded (literally) through your bare foot-to-earth connection.
Health & WellnessMore…
Seven Keys to Conscious Parenting
Mindful tips from the author of Misadventures of a Parenting Yogi
The Slippery Slope of TrustAs a society, most of us would unanimously rank trust as an important part of relationships. We want to trust that the people we live with, work with, and love, are going to do eve…
Does your gut tell you not to trust your gut? Maybe you should listen.
4 Chair Stretches to Ease Neck, Shoulder, and Upper Back Pain
The repetitive movements you make every day can be a big factor in aggravating, or even causing, pain in the neck, shoulders, and upper back. Try these four stretches from chiropractor Dr. Amy Shevokas to find relief.
5 Questions for Tim Ringgold
A dialogue on end-of-life care
Surviving the HolidaysMore…
Why Worry? Find Meaning!
Happiness is for takers. Meaning is for givers. Guess who feels better?
Yoga for Constipation
Feeling stuck? Yoga can help with constipation. Get your digestion moving again with simple yoga flows.
It's OK to Envy Belle Delphine
What is your sense of purpose?
8 Ways to Help Your Kids Not Hate Themselves
Help kids build and maintain confidence, empathy, joy, and self-compassion.
The Happiness Track: Naming Your Hauntings
Quite simply, the hauntings of our mind stand between us and everything else.
Yoga and TeaAs long as I’ve been married to a yoga teacher, I’ve had trouble keeping milk in the refrigerator. Whenever she teaches, she makes her own blend of chai latte and carts it to her g…
Vote with 2020 Vision
Answer These 5 Simple Questions Before Election Day
The Nuts and Bolts of our Meditation PracticeWe had 12 people last Sunday night in our local group for our regular meditation and discussion. We spent our time talking about about the nuts and bolts (yes, sometimes sitting ma…
Care of the Soul: Spiritual DisordersEvery mental health worker knows about the DSM-V, a manual for defining disorders for the health system. It’s like a dictionary in which every psychological problem imaginable has …
Jeffrey Lipton: Permanent Value and Long-term Benefits of Martial Arts
Sponsored Content from Reputation.CA
Rabbi Rami: How Best to Live My Dying
Roadside Assistance for the spiritual traveler.
Acceptance as a Tool for Dealing with Unpleasant Emotions
From the book Rock and Water: The Power of Thought; The Peace of Letting Go
Divinity at the Dinner TableI recently did a 21-day sugar detox and although I expected it to be interesting, amazing and at times even harrowing, I never expected it to be the topic of a blog about spiritual…
Listen: Heal Your Pain
Your body is sending you a message—in the unfortunate language of pain.
Dr. Neha Sangwan and writer and coach Jackee Holder say deep listening is the path to wellness
Healing Generations of Pain
One of the founders of Earthbound Farm ignored the present-day consequences of her family’s past. Until she needed to heal.
Overcoming Blockages and Being StuckQ. I sometimes feel energetically stuck or blocked when I contemplate changes I want to make, or ideas that I want to explore. Why does this happen and what can I do to get things …
8 Best Plants for Improving Memory & Concentration
These are nontoxic and can be taken with confidence.
Healing with Sound Frequencies: How Does It Work?
There's growing interest in using sound frequency for various ailments and to boost human health. Are healing frequencies effective? Research suggests they are.
The Bribery and Fraud Unmasks a Larger Spiritual Crisis
Every spiritual tradition has warned us that money, power, and prestige provide only transient satisfaction and the temporary elation they provide invariably fades, leaving us once again discontent and in hot pursuit of the next deluded hope for enduring fulfillment. If spiritual sources are not convincing enough, scientific studies on happiness now confirm this perennial wisdom.
10 Tiny Ways You Can Be Creative Every Day
Have 10 minutes? Here are ways to make time for creativity in your daily life.
Nourishing the Different Types of Intimacy in Your RelationshipWhen we talk about being intimate in a romantic relationship, we often equate it to sexual intimacy. But sex is just one form of intimacy. “Intimacy is a process whereby we feel t…
A Mystical Truth Hidden in “I am Never Good Enough in My World”
Transform Self-denigration into Self-actualization by making some much-needed edits to the sentence “I am Never Good Enough in My World.”
Walking the Divine Fido
Praying to dog? Studies have shown prayer has a positive impact on mental and physical health and healing—regardless of who or what you pray to.
10 Nighttime Routines for Peaceful Sleep
“How can you possibly start your day off bright-eyed and bushy-tailed if you don’t get a proper night’s sleep?”
Our Community Journal: The Real Life of Life Coaching
On being “an advocate, an activist for the expression of Love in all its forms . . .”
Pat Fleury teaches doctors, shamans, and regular folks the art of energy healing
The Happiness Track: The Flow of BeingAs children, we were one with each moment—crying one moment, laughing the next— always intensely present and going along with the flow of being. As a result, we had an …
Were You Raised to Be Afraid?
“I was raised to believe that being frightened meant being alive. Timeo, ergo sum. That being scared is not a frailty but a skill. That I displayed intelligence by shunning whatever displayed itself as welcoming or wild. That the scariest time-bomb in the world was me.”
How to Empty Your HeadFor years now I have been telling audiences about my alternative to higher education. I call it lower education. You come to my school and on the first day we give you a Ph.D. You …
Listening: The Supreme Skill
Try this practice from The Zen of You and Me and treat listening as an intentional meditation.
Contain your energy by setting your chakras and auric boundaries to live in autonomy and individuated awareness.
3 Practices for Loving Fully in the Face of Loss
When you face inevitable loss, remember these three things.
Help for the overstimulated
Your Prescription: Look at Art
“Meditation on the 16th century Isenheim Altarpiece was prescribed to the sick. ... Could art still accomplish a miracle of comfort and consolation today ... and remind people of their mortality while also mitigating fear ... and instilling hope? ... Maybe it’s time to bring this practice of the past into the present—as a way to move into the future.”
Meditation Apps: Do They Work for Us or Against Us?
"Meditation takes practice, and in the beginning, like any new skill, meditation can seem challenging."
The Tao of Chronic Pain
Suffering is Optional. Here’s how to find the teacher inside.
4 Ways to Bring Your Authentic Self to Work Every Day
Authentic people live according to four practices that you can adopt in your daily life.
34 Affirmations for Healthy Living
Try positive self-talk to eat better, feel stronger, and rejuvenate your body.
Embrace Your Inner Slacker
Here are four ways to slack off for more creativity.
10 Ways Pets Improve Mental Health
In their emotionally connected presence, pets can be a powerful ally for optimal mental health.
Breathing Through Grief to Joy
A yoga teacher trainee experiences Max Strom’s breath work
Balancing Your Life Calendar: Appointments & Disappointments
Kahlil Gibran said, “The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.” As we age, thinking about the relationship between joy and sorrow can help us deal with some of the heavier disappointments in life.
Shift Your Body, Change Your MindAt the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, we have been working for the last year to find ways to help our veterans returning from Iraq a…
The Happiness Track: Creating an Inbox MeditationCognitive overload is a term psychologists use when referring to dealing with too much information or too many tasks. Such overload can impair our memory and decision making, and c…
Your Auric Forcefield
Know Instant Harmony & Happiness via
The Auric Chakra Harmonization Technique™
Using Ayurvedic Mudras for Energy, Relaxation, and Focus
Explore the five movements of prana with simple hand gestures.
Our Walk in the World: Original Steps
The life of a community depends on how we care for the ground we stand on and how we step lightly, walking side by side.
How To Meditate In Space
Why architecture influences mood, emotion, and experience.
What’s Your Doggie’s Dosha?
Canine wellness expert Amanda Ree dishes ayurvedic wisdom via dog dosha quizzes, balancing your furry friend's dosha and customizing it to meet your BFF's unique needs.
The Art of Traveling Alone
Tips on mastering the solo journey
The Discussion: How Can I Pray Better?
And should better prayer even be a goal?
Natural Medicine: B12 Benefits, Adrenal Fatigue, pH-balanced Diet, and Optimal JuicingI’m hearing about more and more people getting vitamin B injections, but then I read that this is appropriate only for people with a deficiency. What’s your advice? Vitamin B12 wo…
Are Dietary Supplements Really Necessary?
Most of us eat too much, and many of us eat healthy, so… Why take extra anything?
Is It Time for a Robopet?
Robo-dog? Sounds straight out of a sci-fi movie. Technology has come a long way since the 1997 release of the Tamagotchi. Still, today robopets continue to bring comfort and cure loneliness.
Preventing Panic: This 3-Step Process Can Calm You DownWhat causes panic? Most explanations miss the mark. But the cause of panic is obvious if emotional regulation is understood. Here are some basics. When something unexpected happens…
Recovery Trekking: A Spiritual Approach to Recovery from Addiction
"I realized at some point along my own journey that alcohol was not my problem; I was my problem, and I was unconsciously using alcohol to change my reality."
Discover Your Blueprint for Your Passionate Purpose
Finding the path that brings you the most joy requires inner awareness.
Why Spiritual Practice is Essential in Crazy Times
Your spiritual practice is more essential now than ever before.
Be Yourself: Leave People-Pleasing to the Bee GeesI’ve been thinking a lot lately about the ways in which my work as an artist and my work as a yoga teacher are really just exactly the same.I do think of teaching yoga as a form of…
3 Spiritual Rituals for When Life Feels Out of Control
When ideas or illusions about what we can and cannot control in our lives are shattered, try these spiritual rituals to bring some light into moments of darkness.
The Happiness Track: The Life Stories We Tell for Health
Genetics play a role in our health, but we also have control in the choices we make about how we live.
Kneading Love and Loss in the KitchenLily Diamond learned the sensorial magic of culinary creativity from her mother, whose life was cut tragically short. In her new book Kale and Caramel (Atria 2017), Diamond shares …
Sun Salutations: A Dance with the BreathI wish I could speak like music.I wish I could put the swaying splendorOf the fields into wordsSo that you could hold TruthAgainst your bodyAnd dance.I am trying the best I canWith…
Resolving and Releasing Emotional Pain
How can empathic people let loose the burden of other people's emotions?
7 Reasons for Clearing your Chakras and Aura
Clearing and releasing enables you to live with greater presence.
Holistic Practices for Grief
Kathryn Drury Wagner speaks with trauma expert Kathryn Templeton on how to move from immobilization into balance and harmony.
A Guide to Spiritual Companionship
A spiritual companion is much like a psychologist for the soul, there to support you on your spiritual path.
Contemplating Injury: What Yoga Has Taught Me About PainThis is how bad things have gotten: I am squatting on my floor by a low table to write this because I threw out my back again and I am in extreme pain. Pain, however, can lead to r…
Letting Go of "Letting Go"
The art of moving into the peaceful state of Letgo
Breath as Prayer
Many forms of prayer take the same amount of time to complete. The amount of time, it turns out, has powerful physiological benefits.
The Essence of Stillness
An excerpt from Silence by Thich Nhat Hanh
Shoma Morita was a Zen Buddhist, and his therapy left a lasting spiritual mark on Japan.
Clink, Rustle, Clack, Swoosh: The Basics and Benefits of ASMR
ASMR calms and engages with materials that clink, rustle, clack, swoosh, brush, smoosh, and slurp.
3 Ways To Keep Your Digestive Fires Burning Bright for the Holidays
Try these three recipes for better digestion.
Sleep and Immunity: 6 Ways to Boost Your Body’s Immune System While You are Sleeping
Ward off infection and avoid illness by cranking up your body’s defense system all night long.
Divine Brine for the Dis-Ease of...The Comparative MindComparing is great for prices at the grocery store, but when we start treating the unique and sacred story of our own life that way, we always invite suffering.…
Here’s Your Happiness Shopping List
These feel-good foods are better alternatives than inhaling a sleeve of ultraprocessed crackers.
Working Mindfully With Physical Pain
Pain can offer an invitation to soften, writes Mark Coleman, the founder of the Mindfulness Institute.
9 Surprising Benefits of Talking to Yourself
It doesn’t mean you’re crazy. In fact, it can help you clarify your thoughts, shake off stress, and boost your mood.
Reclaiming Energy Medicine
Intuition medicine pioneer Francesca McCartney has grown from a nearly silent little girl into an outspoken proponent of a once-clandestine healing technology, making the science of energy a respectable twenty-first-century health care choice.
How Childhood Trauma Affects Adult HealthDo the aftereffects of traumatic events we suffered as children follow us into adulthood in a physical way? Research about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) proves that enormous…
Become Free From Addiction through Spiritual Understanding: Part 1 of 2
Jagad Guru says that all addiction is rooted in misunderstandings about who we are and what we need to be truly happy and fulfilled.
Daydreams as a Tool for Problem-Solving
Daydreams can be the key to solving social problems, achieving goals, and harnessing creative breakthroughs.
Book Preview: Awaken the Sleeping Giant
“A spiritual revolution is long overdue. A simple shift in awareness is all that is needed. No shots will be fired. No blood will be shed.”
The Power of the Smile
Intentionally smiling can be part of your spiritual practice.
The Hidden Dangers of Sunshine and FlowersAs many of you already know, I am not what I would describe as a ‘sunshine and flowers’ yoga teacher. Listening to teachers talk about how wonderful all creation is and seeing insp…
A Mind Shaped by Gardening
Adapted excerpt from The Well-Gardened Mind by Sue Stuart-Smith. (Copyright © 2020 by Sue Stuart-Smith. Reprinted by permission of Scribner, an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Inc.)
The Immigrants Who Make America GreatThe Fourth of July, the horrific news reports from our southern border, and developments in the Middle East combined to make me reflect on immigration in a personal way. I live…
Someone Stole My Buddha!
Reader M.C. Coolidge shares the story of a stolen Buddha statue.
Pets, Their People, and Coping With the Pandemic
During the COVID-19 pandemic, an unlikely hero has emerged: pets. “In addition to helping us navigate an increasingly frightening and lonely world, our pets can also help us manage the interpersonal relationships inside our own walls.”
5 Steps to Relieve Chronic Back Pain
A spinal surgeon shares how to relieve chronic back pain without going under the knife.
Practicing DeathMarti was a bright, optimistic, attractive 40-year-old woman when she first entered a support group for cancer patients that I facilitated at the Center for Attitudinal Healing in …
Reb Zalman: The December Years
Approaching the final years of life with a sense of peace.
Mary Pipher: The Healing Power of Action
The psychologist Mary Pipher unites conservatives and liberals to defend Nebraska’s environment one small, sweet action at a time.
4 Signs You Might Have Messed Up Your Metabolism
Here are four common signs you’ve sent your metabolism reeling, and how to get a reset.
5 Ways to Be Brave Today
“Now that the whole world feels enveloped in a cloud of fear, we think only healthcare providers and a rare few others can be counted as courageous. Yes, they are: But so are you.”
Create a Healing Circle
Become an “energetic activist” by joining with others to create a collective healing circle in difficult times.
Post-traumatic Strength, through Faith
A Light at the End of the Trauma Tunnel
The Upside of Stress
The stress response is your best ally during difficult moments—a resource to rely on rather than an enemy to vanquish.
Spouses Struggling with Lack of Spiritual Connection
We are delighted to introduce a new online column, The Soul of Therapy, by Kevin Anderson, Ph.D. Dr. Anderson will explore the intersection of the psychological and spiritual in the inevitable struggles that are part of being human.
Chronic Inflammation: Risk Factors and Signs
“Don’t rely on your doctor to point out possible chronic inflammation to you; it doesn’t share the same visible symptoms as acute inflammation.”
5 Questions for Ira Byock
A dialogue on end-of-life care
Dos and Don'ts of Holistic Digestion for Your Animal Companion
Keep your four-legged family members from developing digestive issues by following these holistic and spiritual pet tips from animal chaplain Sarah Bowen.
All the Feels: How Feeling Your Feelings Can Teach You to Heal
“We do not get to choose what feelings arise or how intensely we feel them. Our only choice is in how we relate to them.”
Father’s Final Words Not the Last Word
Psychotherapist Kevin Anderson offers advice to S&H readers. “As professionally prepared as you were for your father’s dying process, there are no credentials or letters after our names that can fully prepare us for losing a loved one.”
Mindfulness: A Gentle Approach to HealingThere’s an interesting story about a woman being chased by a tiger. She is running for her life and comes to the edge of a cliff. Here, she notices a sturdy vine, and climbs down t…
4 Paths to Heal Old Wounds This Holiday Season
Power of Healing is our sacred gift. This holiday season, mend old wounds and restore joy as you journey down four pathways to self-healing.
The Five Fingers of Touch
Understanding your partner’s desires for touch is a key to restoring intimacy
I Am Done: 20 Beliefs I Am Done With
Is there a better time to liberate yourself from what no longer serves you? Emotionally, physically, spiritually, and mentally, you can create space by dumping clutter and removing obstacles.
Eat Well, Laugh A Lot
Mark Hyman and Mia Lux are trying to make people healthier—body and soul.
If You Really Want to Be Heard, Shut Up…
…And recognize the real struggle with your partner is to hear
What Really Happens When We Meditate
An interview with Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson about their new book, Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body
Changing Your Bad Dreams Into Good Thoughts
If you are plagued by nightmares, try one of these three practices to shift your perception of the dream. Then watch how your health is affected.
What Are We, ReallyBEYOND THE HORIZONSome ideas seem almost too big to begin to wrap one’s mind around — and almost too scary to even try. But given the choice of putting on blinders to stay comforta…
5 Signs You’re In a Toxic Relationship
If your relationship is unhealthy, it’s time to fix it or get out. But how can you know for sure?
Have I Lived
When our inner critic oversteps its bounds, pause with true reflection and rest in your radiance.
Balance & Boost: 4 Ayurvedic Herbs for Immunity
Ayurveda is about balance and treating the whole body for optimal mental and physical health. Give yourself a boost with these four Ayurvedic herbs for immunity.
Learning to Bloom Where I Am Planted
How I turned from the question of what I wanted from life to what life wants from me
The Ultimate Guide to Caffeine: Black Tea vs. Coffee
We decided to investigate the health properties of both coffee and black tea to see how they compare in aspects beyond simply caffeine count and taste.
One-Moment Meditation for ManagersHow an MBA turned to meditation and in the process managed to turn meditation upside down. While a student at the Yale School of Management, I decided to invite all the students, …
Challenging Self-Limiting Beliefs to Reach Your Potential
Just because you believe it doesn’t make it so. Good news: You can retrain your brain to challenge and conquer beliefs that limit you.
Visioning a Re-NEW-able Year
This year, turn to the first known resolution makers—the ancient Babylonians—for inspiration.
Best Books of 2016
S&H’s Favorite Guides for Walking the Seeker’s Path
Book Giveaway: Visit bookmark.spiritualityhealth.com by January 31, 2017, and enter to win a collection of select titles.
How to Break the Spell of Fear
When you take control, you break fear’s spell. The concept is simple, but is difficult to accomplish because fear is the ultimate enabler. I saw that clearly when I went blind.
Best Essential Oils for Peace & Healing
Aromatherapy Pioneers Share Their Favorite Scents
Are You Plant Blind?
Just by occasionally focusing on the natural world, you can bring more joy, peace, and wisdom into your life.
A Solo Journey for Radical Self-Care
A self-described mother martyr goes on a solo journey and rediscovers the value of her own joy.
Navigating Sex During PerimenopauseHaving considered himself quite the stud in his 20s, Tom, now in his 40s, is noticing it takes longer to get an erection. He doesn’t want the pressure of having to perform, so he d…
Thanksgiving and Gratitude in Hard Times
Many Americans struggling with health, financial, and emotional problems find it challenging to feel grateful this Thanksgiving. Learn how to develop an attitude of gratitude.
8 Ways to Decalcify Your Pineal Gland for Wellbeing
When you decalcify the pineal gland—known as the third-eye chakra—you remove calcium phosphate deposits. This can lead not only to better health and wellbeing but to higher consciousness.
4 Ways to Focus Your Attention
It’s hard to focus when there’s so much stimuli competing for our attention every second. These tricks can help.
Devotionals: Connecting With Unexpected Ancestors
Devotionals serve as a grounding presence during unprecedented times. “The practice of a daily devotion connects to the idea of spiritual reflection as a way to gain clarity and peace. Daily time for devotion creates inner peace, slows us down, and allows us to connect with the divine.”
The Rest Story
The foundation of mental, physical, and spiritual health is rest. Four rest experts provide insight on sacred rest.
The Well-Gardened Mind: A Psychiatrist’s View on the Healing Power of Nature
We dig in with author Sue Stuart-Smith. “When we sow the soil, we plant seeds of healing within ourselves.”
What the Lunar Eclipse Means for Your Zodiac Sign
Discover how your zodiac sign is affected by the final lunar eclipse of the year.
How to Set Healthy Boundaries With Adult Children
“By approaching this issue in an adult-to-adult way, you are helping both yourself and your grown children continue to develop into responsible individuals who honor each other.”
Core Fears Trigger Reactive BehaviorsCore needs and fears are like two sides of a coin. If a core need feels frustrated or unmet, a core fear will be triggered. For example, if you don’t feel accepted or valued, this …
6 Ways Optimism Positively Impacts Your Health
Be healthier through one simple choice every day: be optimistic
5 Strategies for a Caregiver’s Survival
Everything is doable here. No purchase required
The New American LOVE Revolution
“This spiritual renaissance is real and has not stopped. It’s just that it’s growth—and, like all growth, it’s messy.” - Marianne Williamson
Ancestral Lineage: You Are the Sum of Your Ancestors
“Our ancestors, even if neglected for 10,000 years, are still an ongoing part of our current manifestation. They bore us. We carry them.”
The Week I Burned My Ego
A life-changing adventure on what’s called Path of Love
What Connects Us: Vulnerability
An excerpt from The Wisdom We're Born With by Daniel Gottlieb
The Experience of EnoughI read Geneen Roth’s best-selling When Food Is Love 20 years and 30 pounds ago. For the first time in my life since I was six, I stopped dieting and started listening to what my bo…
Self-Care With Acupressure for Emotional Balance
“According to Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), emotions that aren’t properly processed become stored in the body—clogging up the flow of vital energy, known as qi, through the body’s invisible network of meridians (channels).”
Thwack!The Surprise that Heals Trauma It started as an upset whisper that turned into a rant that’s become a roar during the last decade or so. You can hear it in professional circles o…
Brain Wash: Rewire Your Brain for Healthier Habits
Drs. David and Austin Perlmutter explain how we can rewire our brains to develop healthier habits.
How Can I Find a Simple Religion?
Looking for a simple religion to share with your friends? Read on.
Imagineering the Soul
Look to innovative thinkers like Walt Disney’s Imagineers to revitalize your spirit.
Sarah Wilson on This One Wild and Precious Life
Sarah Wilson asks readers to “take an active role in fighting for what we love.”
8 Creative Techniques to Cope with Painful EmotionsMany of us have a hard time coping with negative emotions. This makes sense. “Painful feelings like anxiety, sadness, anger and shame tap into the parts of our brain that are conne…
10 Lessons from the 4th Century Desert Dwellers
What Is Spiritual Direction?
The ancient practice of examen is one tool a spiritual director can use. The role of a spiritual director is to be a companion, a listener, a witness.
Surviving the Pain of Pet Loss
It’s often said that “grief is love with nowhere to go.” Ignore voices telling you to move on, and instead find a place to put all the love you once showered on your pet when they were alive.
Making Music That Heals
Creating music that taps deeply into our consciousness, composer and performer Barry Goldstein is helping people cope with everything from Parkinson’s disease to depression.
Special Edition: Roadside Assistance Part II
Rabbi Rami is answering your questions, with special editions of his online column Roadside Musings.
What Does It Mean to Be a True Empath?
Empathetic people's hearts go out to others. True empaths feel others’ happiness or sadness in their own body, which can lead to emotional overload.
Spirituality and Addictions
"When I’m trying to encourage clients struggling with addiction to attend a 12-step program I often hear 'I don’t get anything out of that' or 'I don’t see how hanging out with a bunch of people talking about how terrible their lives are is supposed to help me.' Notice the self-focus in both objections to getting help."
Be Your Own Nurse in a Healing Crisis
A healing crisis brought on by a holistic health treatment is no cause for panic. Rest and replenish with these whole-body remedies.
A Little Light Overcomes Much Darkness: Seeking Good Points
Adapted from Changing the World from the Inside Out
Inside the Mind of Chronic Pain
A new generation of researchers is getting inside the mind of chronic pain—and unlocking powerful psychotherapies against what might be the nation’s biggest health crisis.
20 Creative (and Shame-Free) New Year’s Resolutions
Sometimes we set ourselves up for failure by making promises we can’t keep by initiating resolutions steeped in self-blame.
Candle Gazing and 4 Other Ways to Balance an Overactive Mind
The effects of constantly being “on” can wreak havoc on our bodies and minds. Try candle gazing and these other practices to induce stillness and relieve stress.
Channeling Depression Into a Powerful Tool for CreativityI wouldn't exactly call depression a gift, but I’ve come to accept the restless emptiness and nagging sadness as signals from my soul instead of merely the symptoms of an illness t…
Rabbi Rami: As a fundamentalist Christian, am I safe from Muslims?Question: I consider myself a fundamentalist Christian, and I fear Muslims coming to America. Is Islam compatible with American values?Rabbi Rami: If by “Islam” you mean fundamenta…
Let’s Tangle – Creative Meditation for Valentine’s Day
What do you want to Grow or Let Go from your heart?
Increase Ojas to Strengthen Your Immune System
Incorporate Ayurvedic eating principles into your life to increase ojas and support your immune system.
Conquering the Diabetes Dragon – Acknowledgment of the Child Hero
“Healing ceremonies matter—they matter because they serve to empower and bring us through to a different and better place—and to release what no longer serves us.”
Running into Faith
On one especially long winter run, I was overcome by a deep, felt sense that I could trust myself, others, and life in a way that I had never known.
The Latest Cure for Stress and Insomnia: Orgasms for the Brain
Autonomous sensory meridian response videos, exploding in popularity online, help people relax and get some sleep in a stressful world.
10 Days on a Grain Brain Diet
One woman reports healthy appetite shifts and a clearer head after trying the low-carb, low-sugar regimen.
The Process of a Miracle CureUntil my cancer diagnosis, I’d never been ill. I was terrified and nothing was helping me conquer the fear. Initially, I felt a traumatic paralysis, the fast-breathing, huddled fea…
6 Lesser-Known Ways to Beat Burnout
Are you burned out? It may feel insurmountable at times. The key is finding strategies that work for you. To start ... avoid numbing, feed your soul.
9 Tips for Enhancing Your Emotional Wellbeing in 2020
Boosting your emotional wellbeing doesn’t always have to feature grand gestures and sweeping changes. Here are nine small adjustments you can make in your day-to-day life.
The Key to Stress-Free Living: The Tapping Solution
Q&A with EFT expert Nick Ortner
Healing Gifts from the Path of Sikh DharmaThis month we are celebrating the birthday of Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru of the Sikhs. He was born in northern India in 1666, and we celebrate his birthday on January 16th. …
Try a Calm Approach to Your Relationship
An excerpt from Buddhism for Couples by Sarah Napthali
How the Body Creates Our Moods
Classic research grounds our moods in the body, not in the head, and points toward simple steps to happiness.
Right Now, We’re All Dysregulated
Are you an ON person or an OFF person? Yoga teacher and somatic counselor Hala Khouri shares ideas for moving toward self-regulation.
23 Ways to De-Stress in 5 Minutes or Less
Here are almost two dozen proven ways to chill out in no time at all, whether you’re at home, at work, or on the move.
5 Ways to Resolve Anger in Quarantine
Feeling angry and cagey in lockdown with your partner? Here are 5 methods to (resolving) the madness.
The Pendulum of Desire and Discipline
An excerpt from Sarahjoy Marsh's Hunger, Hope, and Healing
Winter Practices To Support Your Inward Journey
This next month can be fertile ground for renewal of spirit and for clarity of mind and heart.
Be Your Own Healing Crisis Guide
A healing crisis is any event in which you feel worse on your way to feeling better. Seeing your healing crisis as a nonlinear journey will help you arrive at the destination of improved health.
Zen and the Art of Not Tearing Your Hair OutIf you had a time machine, would you speed forward into the future or relive the past?Someone asked me this once in a car on a road trip, and while my car-mates reminisced about ti…
How Happy Brains Respond to Negative Things
New research provides a whole new understanding of the brain's amygdala—and suggests that happy people take the bad with the good.
How Do I Find My Authentic Self?
Rabbi Rami on being authentic, spirituality vs. religion, and aliens.
Do Dings and Divots Reveal Soul?My mother died suddenly from a heart attack, and I can’t rid myself of the anger I feel toward her for that. I love her deeply, and I feel guilty about the anger. And I’m fearful t…
The XX Brain: Inside a Woman's Brain
Lisa Mosconi, PhD, explores women's health in her new book, The XX Brain. She sheds light on how women can keep their brains healthy and prevent Alzheimer's, and what exactly those hormonal changes really mean.
Chronic Breath-Holding and How to Let It Go
Poor ergonomics can impair breath, while anger, pain, and frustration stemming from hyperfocus on our computers can bring on bouts of chronic breath-holding.
Let Your Body Lead You Through Grief
The suffering of grief can begin to heal by accepting support and practicing self-care.
Sciatica can be debilitating. Preventing sciatica requires some life changes, but it’s worth it.
The Time for a Spiritual Revolution is Now
Our collective purpose is to discover, surrender, and inspire.
A Certain Sadness: My Relationship with DepressionI know the holidays bring up a lot for some people.How about you? Are you depressed?(I feel like I am about to write copy for an anti-depressant commercial. Are you depressed? Trou…
The Awakening of an Elixir Goddess
Discovering ancient, healthy, alternative highs for an alcohol-soaked society
Embodying Change: How Movement Can Transform Your Life
Research now proves what these experts already knew: that if you want to change your life, the place to start isn't in your mind, but in your body.
The Spiritual Flame of Rage
A journey toward accepting—and even embracing—anger.
How to Avoid Holiday Meltdowns
This season, avoid the usual meltdowns and instead forge meaningful connections.
How to Meditate in a Minute
An MBA turned to meditation—and turned the process upside down.
Dr. Bruce Greyson Explores What Near-Death Experiences Reveal About Life and Beyond
What will you see on the precipice of death? Dr. Bruce Greyson explores what near-death experiences reveal about the afterlife in his book “After.”
Too Much Stuff?
Tired of all the JUNK? Become inspired by Benedictine simplicity. Look for new ways to keep your space less cluttered.
3 Steps to Get Your Writing Back on Track
Make your way through the season of life when writing seems impossible.
Getting Used to Stuff: A Conversation with Daniel Gottlieb“Thank God for GPS,” sighs psychologist, family therapist, radio host, and author Daniel Gottlieb, rolling into the Jewish Community Center in Bridgewater, New Jersey. If it were p…
Beyond the Good, the Bad, and the UglyAbout fifteen years ago, Robert E. Thayer, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at California State University Long Beach and author of the recent book The Origin of Everyday Moods (Ox…
Giving Thanks for 21 Blessings in Disguiseby Belinda Munoz Editors’ Note: This guest post originally appeared on Belinda Munoz’s blog, The Halfway Point. We found Belinda’s list so inspiring, and are grateful to her for a…
What Helps and What Hurts
Yoga can be a great tool for recovery, but only if yoga teachers understand how to shape the practice to the needs of people healing from trauma.
Why Are So Many Adults Today Haunted by Trauma?
Our political and social systems don't support fundamental human needs, says Gabor Mate—which affects our ability to deal with traumatic events.
The Talking Tree
Shamanic practitioner (and emergency medic) Winter Ross met a sister in a wounded ponderosa pine.
How Fats Help You Stay Lean, Plus 9 Other Need-To-Know Fat Facts
Confused about whether fat is good or bad for you? Here’s the scoop.
The Healing Gift of Cats
"Both Orange and I ate the same food every day. But I ate it with resentment and he with gratitude."
8 Ways to Live With a Chronic Illness
Don't just cope with chronic illness. Discover ways to let go, address limitations, and move forward while living with chronic illness.
7 Questions to Help Connect Us to Our Truth and Integrity
Adapted from The Integrity Advantage: Step into Your Truth, Love Your Life, & Claim Your Magnificence
Long practiced to purify body and mind, the discipline of fasting finds new relevance in modern research that points to powerful benefits to abstaining from food.
The Mechanics of Emotional Contagion: Who Affects Whom?
An excerpt from How the Art of Medicine Makes the Science More Effective: Becoming the Medicine We Practice
To Breathe Perchance to Dream
Slow, deep, diaphragmatic—breathwork sounds, and is, so beneficial for treating insomnia. But they call it work for a reason.
Compassionate Conversations: Advice From Three Experts
Leaning how to have real conversations about important topics with people you disagree with is a skill. These days, it's more important than ever. Diane Hamilton, Gabriel Wilson, and Kimberly Loh offer useful advice and powerful stories in their new book Compassionate Conversations.
Caffeine: The Addiction We Share … and Don’t Talk AboutYoung lovers sit at a sidewalk café and sip espresso between kisses; a group of giggling cheerleaders head for a cooler filled with iced energy drinks; a group of happy kids swing …
6 Refreshing Ways to Connect With the Earth
Forge a deeper connection with the world around you in six simple ways. Start with a DIY nature altar.
Drop Out of Your Life
Here's how and why from six people who made it happen.
Cultivate the Habits of Lasting Happiness
The key to happiness is in giving, not getting. Yeah, you know that. But do you know why?
7 Steps to Resolve and Release Emotional Turmoil
Pain from the past can build up and fester within us. These 7 steps will help you alleviate that pain and move forward to a more mindful state.
The Essence of ForgivenessForgiveness is not so much an act as an attitude. As an act, forgiveness raises the forgiver above the forgiven; it empowers the one even as it disempowers the other. I know this…
Marianne Williamson: Love is the Bottom LineTwenty years after she introduced a new generation to A Course in Miracles in her bestselling book, A Return to Love, Marianne Williamson is still taking on the world—with a …
Love Is Blind: A Romance About (Not Having) Choice
Love Is Blind is a strange hit, a romance about having all of our choices made for us.
How to Focus a Wandering Mind
New research reveals what happens in a wandering mind—and sheds light on the cognitive and emotional benefits of increased focus.
The Healing Power of Water
For millennia, humans have sought physical relief, emotional healing, and even spiritual renewal by immersing themselves in water. Writer Lindsey Crittenden soaks it all in.
Rewiring My Brain
“So, what are you doing now?” my well-meaning friends would ask after I had quit my job with no apparent employment or other occupation in sight. The only honest answer I could give was to say, “I’m rewiring my brain.”
6 Meditations For Personal Transformation
“While personal transformation may not be the goal for everyone, I can’t help but think so many people limit themselves.”
The Way of the Soul
Inspired by Rumi’s poetry, deep curiosity, and a wish to learn more about Islam, Kate Green Tripp, a Santa Cruz-based editor and yoga teacher, traveled to Turkey.
The Source of Flow & The Battle of the Bottleneck
To protect one source of profound happiness, you need to know how your brain creates it. A brain surgeon explains.
Why Your Life MattersIn the 1990s I spent many happy years living in a beautiful apartment overlooking the River Thames in London. Then, in the summer of ’96, everything came crashing down. After findi…
Soothe: Set Up Your Inner SanctumHave you ever noticed that when you walk into a spa, you feel the tension begin to melt away before you even have a treatment? You're likely being cloaked in a preplanned double wh…
How can we live in sacred relationship with the more-than-human world?
What’s in a Spiritual NameWhen Shakespeare’s Juliet asserted that “a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet,” she likely got it wrong. At least, that’s what the devotees who adopt spiritual names eve…
A decade ago, Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber launched the wildly successful House for All Sinners and Saints to have a church where she “didn’t have to ‘nicen’ myself up.” Now, she’s given that church up to make sex safe from religion.
Why Your Brain Needs to Dream
Research shows that dreaming is not just a byproduct of sleep, but serves its own important functions in our well-being.
Assuming the Whole Body Is Conscious Can Heal Puzzling Symptoms
What happens when you allow your whole body to have a conscious voice? “I have seen dramatic improvement in a variety of conditions when people begin assuming that the whole body has a form of consciousness that communicates about what’s going on in our lives.”
What We Still Don’t Know about Mindfulness Meditation
Despite the hype, researchers are still exploring the benefits of meditation and how much practice we need to achieve them.
Inner Climate Change
The world is inflamed, and so are we. Maybe the two are connected, and maybe healing our own bodies can help heal the world.
Just Say YesDr. Ron Alexander sat listening to the record company executives and staff he’d been hired to help. They’d sought him out as a mindfulness expert and corporate consultant to help t…
10 Lies My Breast Surgeon Told MeBy Bianca Alexander and Howard Jacobson, Ph.D.According to the NIH, approximately 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lifetime. While technical…
Practices for How COVID-19 Can Create Lasting, Positive Change
“As we find ourselves in the midst of various stages of reopening across the globe, our collective memory of this disaster can either fade away into history or become a drumbeat for a more just, equitable and sustainable society.”
16 Affirmations for Surrender and Trust
Stuck and disappointed? Affirmations for surrender and trust can help get you through.
Indulging the Totally Selfish Joys of Selfless GivingHere’s the science behind creating a chain reaction of goodnessThough economists and grumps have long argued to the contrary, many spiritual traditions teach us that, at our core, …
We live in stories—all of us, all of the time. This is a story about breaking through writer’s block and the start of a focused, passionate, and productive period
Five Science-Backed Strategies to Build Resilience
When the road gets rocky, what do you do?
2014 Holiday Gift GuideMore…
Is a Happy Life Different from a Meaningful One?
A scientific controversy about the relationship between meaning and happiness raises fundamental questions about how to live a good life from The Greater Good Science Center.
Your Soul Needs PlaytimeA few years ago, when I was teaching an undergraduate seminar at Stanford on the psychology of happiness, I had the students put away their books and push their chairs to the side …
Can You Say No to Too Many Choices?
40 Days to a Lean, Calm, Energized & Happy Self
An interview with Sara Gottfried MD
Making Belief in Mary
We humans come to believe what we practice, so what we choose to practice is critical. Praying the rosary may be the best practice of all.
7 Reasons Why You Need Prebiotics
Because the health of our gut is closely tied to many other bodily functions, prebiotics and probiotics together are important for battling inflammation and lowering overall disease risk.
Meals Together at the Long Table
Plant-based chef, nutrition professor, and researcher Amy Symington shares her take on creating meals that support community, connection, and health.
Why We Forgive
By letting go of past hurts, we can heal not only ourselves, but our families, our communities, and our world.
Create Your Own Holy DayWe are entering one of the busiest spiritual seasons of the year, so we asked for some special “Roadside Assistance” from Rabbi Rami Shapiro:• What are holy days for?• How should w…
The Air We Share
As our air becomes more polluted, healthy breathing habits are becoming even harder to establish.
The Joy Of Being Feminine Wisdom and the Power of WeaknessWhat is feminine wisdom? What is feminine power? What role can they play — for both men and women — in this time of such significant global change? Feminine wisdom is mysterious an…
Returning Home: An American Expat Evacuates India During COVID-19
Read about a difficult journey home from India during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Face to the Floor: How a Buddhist American woman opened her heart to IslamOmar stood on my doorstep, smiling and peering at me through square, outdated glasses. He placed his hand over his heart in a traditional Muslim greeting and stepped inside. His d…
Your Body Knows the Answer
An Interview with David Rome
Teachers We TrustHere’s a simple truth: Everyone is a spiritual teacher. Parents, of course, are profound spiritual teachers. So are children. So are siblings. So are priests and imams and school t…
Chasing That Most Important Point
Stephen Kiesling and Zen priest Edward Espe Brown converse about Zen, Tassajara, the beginner's mind, and more.
Meet Your Parasites: Can They Help Heal Autoimmune Disorders?Years after scientists first noticed that autoimmune disorders rise as our environment gets cleaner, a new generation of researchers is looking at parasites not as a scourge but as…
The Generative Game of Life
Generative people tend to be those who have worked through their identity crises. Their life stories -- good or horrible -- tend to be coherent. They're dealing with their stuff, figuring out who they are. In other words, self-help isn't selfish.
79 Quotes On Inner and Outer Peace
Great quotes to inspire you to become more compassionate, loving, accepting and peaceful.
The Second Coming of Psychedelics
Inside the mind-tripping, soul-changing, ground-shifting, 21st century therapy.
Create Your Own Rituals: Ideas for weddings, funerals, and more
“When we, or someone we love, goes through a rite of passage, we need the alchemical blend of jubilation and gravitas.”
Live from a Place of Love: An Interview with Wayne DyerDr. Wayne Dyer is a famously self-made man who was born in Detroit in 1940 and spent his early years in orphanages. He became a high school guidance counselor and then a professor …
Personal Accountability in Chaos
James Hollis and Stephen Kiesling discuss Jung, accountability, and the stories we tell ourselves.
Spiritual Radicals: A New Spirituality
These seven spiritual leaders represent a variety of perspectives, backgrounds, and traditions. They are creating change on the ground, touching lives, and helping to define the future of spirituality.